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Mattingly said he noticed Showalter's ability to gauge talent once Showalter became a coach and eventually managed Mattingly with the Yankees from 1993-95.
"You really see it as a manager," Mattingly said. "You see the organization. Just how detailed he was. I think that was really impressive and kind of the view he had of talent. … He always knew who could play and who couldn't. He always knew how you were supposed to play and that was always kind of impressive, just the respect you get for a guy over time and what you realize his ability. As a player, you're just going. When you're in the minor leagues, you don't notice everbody else. You're on your path and you're trying to get hit and get better and all that. You're playing with blinders on."
Mattingly -- who retired after the 1995 season while Showalter left the Yankees at the same time -- credited his old manager with building the foundation of the Yankees' dynasty teams that followed.
“I told people before, I think he was really the guy who turned things around over there,” Mattingly said. “I know