Reggie Jackson signed a five year contract with the New York Yankees.
World Series # 23
After a roller coaster ride of September baseball, the 2011 MLB Playoff teams are now set.
(1) Philadelphia Phillies vs (4) St. Louis Cardinals
(2) Milwaukee Brewers vs (3) Arizona Diamondbacks
(1) New York Yankees vs (3) Detroit Tigers
(2) Texas Rangers vs (4) Tampa Bay Rays
Keeping in mind that the National League will have home field advantage due to winning the All-Star game, who do you think will win the 2011 World Series Championship?
Congratulations to Derek Jeter for becoming the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to collect 3,000 career hits. Jeter is the first to reach the 3,000 hit milestone since Craig Biggio did it on July 9th, 2007. His 3,000th hit came in Saturday’s matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays. In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Jeter pulled a 78 mph slider from pitcher David Price over the left field wall to tie the game at 1s. He would finish the game 5 for 5, including a game winning RBI in the 8th inning.
Jeter is only the second player to hit a homerun for his 3,000th career hit (Wade Boggs, 1999). He is also the first Yankee to hit 3,000 for their career. Watch the below for his postgame reaction to his historical day.
Donald Arthur Mattingly was born on April 20, 1961 in Evansville, Indiana. He was 21 years old when he debuted for the New York Yankees on September 8, 1982. Don, nicknamed "Donnie Baseball" and "The Hit Man," played his entire 14-year baseball career for the New York Yankees as their star left-handed first baseman. Mattingly was considered one of Major League Baseball's best first basemen throughout the 1980s, winning the Gold Glove Award nine times for this fielding and a spot on the American League All-Star team each year from 1984-1989.
Mattingly finished his career with 2,153 hits, 222 home runs, 1,099 RBI, and a .307 lifetime average. He is commonly referred to as the best Yankee player to have never played in a World Series. On August 31, 1997, the New York Yankees retired his number 23 and dedicated his plaque for Monument Park at Yankee Staduim.
After his playing career, Mattingly served as a hitting coach for the New York Yankees from 2004-2006, then their bench coach in 2007. In 2008, Mattingly left the Yankees and joined manager Joe Torre with the Los Angeles Dodgers to serve as the team's hitting coach. He remained the Dodger's hitting coach until the 2010 off-season at which time it was announced he would replace the retiring Torre as the next manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.