Comments on: Don Mattingly swinging at the first pitch This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 By: Andy Fri, 28 Dec 2007 19:10:33 +0000 A reader pointed out that I forgot the 3-2 pitches in the first Mattingly chart above. If you want to see the data, just click on the link above to his splits page.

Agreed on all counts, David.

By: David in Toledo Fri, 28 Dec 2007 16:40:53 +0000 So Don Mattingly was less likely to swing at first and at 3-0 pitches than Wally Joyner -- but more likely to swing at the others. Mattingly's walk rate is 7.4% (per plate appearance); Joyner's is 10.9%. Part of Mattingly's 3-0 looking comes from the 28 more times he received an IBB.

Injury is the main thing that keeps Donnie Baseball from the Hall. But I also figure he could have helped his case if he'd been a little more selective. He grounded into more double plays than Joyner (in fewer times up), and he never managed a seasonal OB% of .400. Compare Mattingly's career stats to Minnie Minoso's (they are 11 plate appearances apart, and Minnie had a late start while Don had an early exit). Don had more power, Minnie had more speed, but the biggest difference is that Minnie got on base more (and, yes, part of that is because he got plunked 171 more times).

Garret Anderson looks like a poor man's Andre Dawson in terms of his walk rate (4.7%) and OB%.