It is very rare these days for a player to be drafted by a team, play with that team throughout the minor leagues and then play his entire career for the franchise that drafted him. It might be considered even rarer in the New York Yankees organization than in any other ones because of the way things have gone for the past decade or so. One such man that accomplished this feat for the Yankees is the legendary Don Mattingly who returns to Yankee Stadium as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Yankees selected Mattingly in the 19th round of the 1979 amateur MLB draft. He signed with them, played with them throughout his minor league career and was beloved throughout his career in the major leagues. It will probably be a big deal in Yankee Stadium as they welcome one of their own back home but not really home.
Mattingly is as fiercely competitive today as he was in 1985 when he won the American League MVP award. He’ll probably enjoy the moment but when game time comes you can bet every Yankees fan lucky enough to have seen him play will see the same determined expression on his face from the Dodgers dugout as he tries everything he can to beat the Yankees.
It might be an odd thing to see Mattingly try to win against the Yankees but then again I think most fans of his and the Yankees will have a smile on their face when they see how determined Mattingly is to beat them. That is who he is and those that love him do so for that very reason.