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Mattingly signs with the Yankees

Jan 12, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

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Eh, sorry. Sometimes even I can’t resist the gimmick headlines:

A Mattingly will be back in uniform in the New York Yankees’ organization this year – Preston. The 24-year-old son of the former Yankees star and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager agreed Wednesday to a minor league contract with New York.

Preston is not exactly a prospect. If he was, he wouldn’t have been traded away by the Dodgers one week after his father was named Dodgers’ manager. He didn’t last in the Cleveland organization, and almost immediately re-signed with the Dodgers. In six seasons in the minors he has put up a line of .232/.276./335.  And he has been shuttled all over the diamond, starting as a middle infielder and now playing corner outfield slots and a little first base.

I suppose this signing could be considered a nice gesture by the Yankees to the Mattingly family. Sort of a thanks for all of the years of goodwill and service Don gave the team. But given that the guy’s employment has been close to 100% based on his organizations’ relationship with his father, you gotta figure that his destiny is going to hold things other than playing baseball for a living in the not too distant future.

  1. yankeesgameday - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Just shows how hard the sport really is that a kid with his pedigree can’t make it.

  2. bobwsc - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    does he rock the Mattingly ‘stache?

    • protius - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      Yeah, I think the “stache” had a line of .308/.326/.401 last year with 11 hr’s and 36 rbi’s in 146 ab’s.

      • bobwsc - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

        wonder what numbers Vuckovich’s stache would’ve put up had he hit full time like his alter ego, Clu Haywood.

    • jwbiii - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      Nope.
      http://blog.prorumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/preston_mattingly.jpg

  3. pisano - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    At 24 years old and at single A, I don’t think he’s going anywhere.

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