In 1986, Don Mattingly batted .352 for the New York Yankees. He hit 31 home runs. He led the American League in hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage and OPS. He won a Gold Glove at first base.
His statistics arguably were better than they were in 1985, when he won the most-valuable-player award. He did have a gaudy 145 runs batted in 1985, but the Yankees finished in second place that year, and again in '86.
In 1986, he did not win the MVP award. Roger Clemens did.
"It was tough for me to understand that," Mattingly said.
Mattingly played in 162 games. Clemens pitched in 33. How valuable could Clemens possibly have been when he did not play...