It’s been quite the year for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly as he was close to being fired, while now he’s being talked about for NL Manager of the Year.
As everyone knows, Mattingly was known for his career with the Yankees before he started managing and many believe that he deserves to be considered for the Hall of Fame. During his career, Mattingly hit .307 with 222 home runs, 1,099 RBIs and was the 1984 AL batting champion.
His hometown of Evansville, Indiana decided to give their favorite son a prestigious honor according to Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times:
The Evansville City Council voted Monday to rename a stretch of road that stretches by a baseball field where Mattingly used to play and then wraps around a park. It’s where I grew up over there, Mattingly said. I played Little League at that park. The stadium is Bosse Field, where the triple-A team (Evansville Triplets) played and we played our high school games. It’s a really cool stadium.
That’s right, there’s ‘Don Mattingly Way’ to commemorate where the most famous athlete from Evansville used to play little league and high school baseball.
Mattingly seemed to be excited about street naming, saying it was pretty cool as the Dodgers historic run has turned his fortunes around, for this season at least.
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