Don Mattingly’s Hall of Fame candidacy failed to gain traction the first time around, but the former Yankees first baseman is getting a second chance.
Mattingly was named one of eight candidates for the 2023 Hall of Fame class by the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee on Monday.
Mattingly was nominated alongside Albert Belle, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Fred McGriff, Dale Murphy, Rafael Palmeiro, and Curt Schilling. The results will be announced at the winter meetings on December 4th.
Keith Hernandez was a notable omission, having been inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame and having his number 17 retired by the Mets in the previous two seasons. Hernandez’s 11 Gold Gloves, which he won in a row, set a record for first basemen.
The eight finalists were selected by the BBWAA-appointed Historical Overview Committee from all eligible candidates among players whose most significant career impact occurred since 1980. All candidates must not be on baseball’s ineligible list.
The threshold for enshrinement is 75 percent of the vote cast by the 16-member committee. There is no limit as to how many players each committee member can vote for.
The eight candidates all appeared previously on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Hall of Fame ballot, but failed to gain the necessary 75 percent of the vote for induction. Mattingly peaked at 28.2 percent of the vote in his first year on the BBWAA ballot in 2001.
Mattingly has six All-Star appearances and nine Gold Gloves to his name. In 1985, he was named American League MVP, but lower-back injuries limited his output later in his career.
Mattingly, on the other hand, could benefit from Gil Hodges’ enshrinement last summer. Hodges was a standout first baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers during their heyday in the 1950s.
Bonds, Clemens, and Schilling all appeared on the BBWAA ballot for the final time last year.
Bonds holds baseball’s career home run record (762), but his association with performance-enhancing drugs has prevented him from being inducted into Cooperstown.
The same can be said for Clemens, who won 354 games during his 24-year career.
Schilling, whose résumé includes a 2.23 ERA in 19 postseason appearances, peaked at 71.1 percent of the vote on the BBWAA ballot in 2021.