Mattingly appears for his final year on the ballot
But starting in 1988, a degenerative disc in his back began to take its toll, slicing into his power numbers. He appeared in at least 134 games every year from 1988-93, but averaged just 14 home runs per season.
“I was willing to pay the price to be successful at this level,” Mattingly said. “Whenever it came time to push it to the next level, I always found an excuse to go into the barn. I played the game from my heart.”