Don Mattingly Biography

December 11, 2019
First published on:December 11, 2019
by Vineet

Facts of Don Mattingly

Birth Name Donald Arthur Mattingly
Birth Place Evansville, Indiana
Famous Name The Hit Man
Birth Date April 20, 1961, in
Father Bill Mattingly
Mother Mary Mattingly
Siblings Randy Mattingly, Jerry Mattingly, Michael Mattingly, and Judy Mattingly
Nationality American
Profession MLB player Coach Manager
Currently Married Lori Mattingly
Divorce Kim Sexton

Donald Arthur Mattingly is his birth name but he is known as Don Mattingly and through his baseball skills he owns the name The Hit Man. He is a former MLB player who has been the first batsman for New York Yankees and he is the former coach for the teams like New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers. Later on, he was hired as manager by Miami Marlins and is still with the team.

The 60-year-old Don Mattingly has devoted his life to the baseball game and to this day he is contributing his effort to elevate Baseball through his charity programs, with his coaching tactics as well as with his managerial skills. He was born on April 20, 1961, in Evansville, Indiana who grew with his three siblings.

One of the Highest Earning Coach 

The Hit Man has earned a good amount of fortune and fame through his MLB career so far. He has an estimated net worth of around $25 million.

When he used to be the player of MLB where he was the First baseman for New York Yankees, he used to be one of the highest-earning baseball players during those days. He had signed a $19.3 million worth contract for a five-year extension through the 1995 season.

After retirement, he established himself as a coach starting his coaching career from New York Yankees in 2004 and he earned $5 million for a season.

Don Mattingly signing $2.8 million contracts with Maimi Marli SOURCE: thegarduian

After 4 years he resigned from Yankees and in 2008 he joined Los Angeles Dodgers where he signed a $1 million worth contract which included between $550,000-$750,000 as an annual salary.

In 2011 he resigned from the post of coach and was recruited as the manager in Los Angeles Dodgers. He earned $1 million for one season.

In 2015 he left Los Angeles Dodgers and he started to serve as manager for Miami Marlins from 2016.  Even nowadays, he is still in the post of manager for Miami Marlins and in 2019 his salary was skyrocketed and reached up to $2.8 million as annual salary which ranked him in sixth-highest earning manager of MLB behind Pittsburgh Pirates' Clint Hurdle, Kansas City Royals' Ned Yost, Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, Chicago Cubs' Joe Maddon, and San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy.

Business Ventures and Charity

Don Mattingly is a hard-working person and beside his successful baseball career, he also owns the business. He is the owner of Mattingly's 23 restaurants which was located in Evansville, Indiana. He starts a restaurant business in 1990 and he used to have several franchises around the United States.

Don Mattingly also owns a non-profit organization whose name is Mattingly Charities. His Charity works in order to promote the participation of young children in baseball as well as through his charity program he provides baseball tools to the children who could not afford to have baseball kits.

Wife: Lori Mattingly

Don Mattingly is currently married to his second wife Lori Mattingly since December 10, 2010. The couple lives with their son in Evansville. Don and Lori started dating each other in 2008 and dated for around two years before tying the knot with each other in 2010. 

Don Mattingly, his wife Lori Mattingly, and their son SOURCE: Twitter @lorimattingly

They welcomed their only son on Feb. 21, 2015 and nowadays Lori works as a social activist. Mattingly family is having a wonderful life and they are engaged to give a better life to their son.

Ex-Wife: Kim Sexton 

Lori Mattingly is not the first wife of Don Mattingly, his first wife is Kim Sexton and the couple was married on September 8, 1979. With Kim, Don has four sons named Taylor, Preston, Jordon, and Austin Mattingly.

Don Mattingly first wife Kim Sexton and their sonsSOURCE: deadspin

Don Mattingly and Kim Sexton are long-time friends who started dating each other in 1976. They met on a bus ride to Madisonville, KY, for one of his American Legion games. She was a student at Evansville North High School, whereas Don Mattingly used to be the freshman of high school.

The couple lived together for almost 40 years in Evansville at first and as later on they moved to New York. Till that time everything was fine with Mattingly's family but when they moved to Los Angles, things started to gets worse. 

She filed for divorce on November 14, 2007, and their case was registered as irreconcilable differences in marriage life.

Don Mattingly and Kim's Children

Don and Kim are the parents of four sons. Their son Taylor Mattingly is a former MLB player who retired in 2005 after playing 58 professional games. He initiated his professional career from New York Yankees and was drafted in the 42nd round (1,262nd overall) of the 2003 MLB draft.

Their other son Preston Mattingly is also a former player of MLB, who used to play for Los Angeles Dodgers. He has also played from Cleveland Indians during 2010 and has also appeared in minor leagues for New York Yankees.

After getting separated from Kim, Don Mattingly has kept the custody of their sons and nowadays he and his new wife Lori and their newly born child are living happily together and quite often whole Mattingly family appeared on street with together and they frequently post their picture on social sites.

Family and Education

Don Mattingly is a son of Bill Mattingly and his mother is Mary Mattingly. He has three siblings whose names are Randy Mattingly, Jerry Mattingly, Michael Mattingly, and Judy Mattingly- his only sister.

Don Mattingly initiated his professional career from Reitz Memorial High School in Evansville, Indiana, and during that time he was picked up by the Yankees in the amateur 1982 draft and since then he never turns back.

Appearance In Reality Shows

Hit Man of MLB has made several appearances on reality shows also. He appeared firstly in an episode of The Simpson which was aired on February 20, 1990. He has also lent his voice on a song entitled The First Baseball Game which was based on the true story of on Christian recording artist Matt Felts album.

Later on, he appeared on a public announcement with his family and it was the campaign to encourage men, to make effort and contribute a vital role in their children's lives and it was a True Dad's campaign which was aired on the Spike TV network.

Awards and Achievement

  • 6× All-Star (1984–1989)
  • AL MVP (1985)
  • 9× Gold Glove Award (1985–1989, 1991–1994)
  • 3× Silver Slugger Award (1985–1987)
  • AL batting champion (1984)
  • AL RBI leader (1985)
  • New York Yankees team captain (1991–1995)
  • New York Yankees No. 23 retired Monument Park honoree

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