Don Mattingly falls short of Hall of Fame nod

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Yankees great and fan favorite Don Mattingly once again fell short of the Hall of Fame on Sunday night, as the Contemporary Era Committee voted in only Fred McGriff, while Mattingly fell four votes short of the necessary total.

Mattingly received eight votes from the 16-person committee, with 12 being needed to be inducted. Mattingly’s eight votes were the second most among the group, with Curt Schilling next at seven votes.

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A career-long Yankee, Mattingly earned six All-Star selections and hit .307 for his career. At his peak, he was among the best in baseball, winning the American League batting title in 1984 and the AL MVP a year later. But back problems sapped him of his torque and power, and his prime window was deemed too short by many voters, and he is still waiting for the call from Cooperstown.

The Hall of Fame snub didn’t go over well with Yankee fans, who want to see a franchise legend in the Hall.

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