Mattingly joins Nashville Stars to boost MLB franchise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Former New York Yankees and major league all-star manager Don Mattingly has been named an advisor to the Nashville Stars baseball team, the organization announced.
Mattingly will provide advice on key strategic issues and work to gain support bring a Major League Baseball franchise to Nashville. Their support will help advance a plan to develop a diverse investor group with the goal of becoming MLB’s first majority black-owned franchise, expanding the league’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
“The approach that Dave Stewart and his team have in Nashville is exactly what the game of baseball needs,” Mattingly said in a press release. “I’m glad to see MLB taking a proactive approach to these important issues. We need more diversity in the game, and it starts from the top down.”
Mattingly will begin his first season as the bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. He was previously the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Miami Marlins. Mattingly spent all 14 seasons of his MLB career with the Yankees, winning the 1985 AL MVP Award and nine Gold Gloves while being named to six All-Star teams. He was named the 14th franchise captain in team history in 1991, serving until the end of the 1995 season.
“Simply put, Don Mattingly knows baseball,” Nashville Stars board member Dave Stewart said in a statement. “He was a pure hitter, played nearly flawless defense, and has been successful as a manager and coach because of his baseball mind. He is well-respected in the game of baseball, and we are fortunate to have him with us “.
Mattingly spent one year playing minor league baseball in Nashville in 1981. Mattingly played for the Nashville Sounds, then the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate, where he was the organization’s Minor League Player of the Year after 3.16 ERA with seven home runs and 98 RBIs. .
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