Chasing Rookies: Mattingly and Winfield
In the 16th episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into another box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of Topps, Donruss and Fleer.
A 2001 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, Dave Winfield made 12 All-Star game appearances, won seven Gold Glove Awards and six Silver Slugger Awards while winning a 1992 World Series title with the Toronto Blue Jays. Winfield began his career with the San Diego Padres (1973-80) before moving on to the New York Yankees (1981-88, 1990), California Angels (1990-91), Blue Jays (1992), Minnesota Twins (1993-94) and Cleveland Indians (1995). The 1979 National League RBI leader, the third basemen and College Baseball Hall of Fame inductee ended his career with a .283 batting average, 3,110 hits, 465 home runs and 1,833 RBI.
A 1983 All-Star and World Series champion, Martinez spent much of his career with the Baltimore Orioles (1976-86) before retiring with the Minnesota Twins in 1988. Primarily a relief pitcher, Martinez began his career with the New York Yankees in 1974. An Orioles Hall of Fame member, Martinez finished his career with a 55-42 record, a 3.45 ERA, 115 saves and 632 strikeouts.
Known as “The Hit Man,” Mattingly spent his entire playing career with the New York Yankees (1982-95), earning six All-Star Game bids, nine Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards and the 1985 American League MVP honors. The 1984 AL batting batting and 1985 AL RBI leader, Mattingly ended his career with a .307 batting average, 2,153 hits, 222 home runs and 1,099 RBI. Mattingly is the only Yankee to have his jersey number retired without having won a World Series championship with the Yankees. Mattingly has gone on to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers (2011-15) and the Miami Marlins (2016-present).
A three-time All-State and two-time World Series champion (1977, 1978) with the Chicago White Sox, Dent played at short stop for the White Sox (1973-78), New York Yankees (1977-82), Texas Rangers (1982-83) and Kansas City Royals (1984). Dent finished his career with a .247 batting average, 40 home runs ad 423 RBI. The 1978 World Series MVP later went on to manage the Yankees from 1989-90, posting a 36-53 record.
Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1985 MLB Draft out of Louisiana State, Parker spent much of his career as a middle-inning relief pitcher. Parker debuted with the Mariners in 1987 before spending he 1987-88 season in the Venezuelan League. He then pitched for the New York Yankees from 1989-90 and with the Detroit Tigers in 1990 before ending his career with the Mariners in 1992. He finished with a 7-10 record, a 4.42 ERA and 121 strikeouts.