Here is my argument for Don Mattingly making it to the Hall-of-Fame:
100% ballplayer — 0% bullshit
That’s what the great Bill James once wrote about Don Mattingly.
There probably isn’t a compelling statistical argument for his inclusion in the Hall of Fame, so I’ll just go with the idea that he was probably the first baseball player whose every movement I tried to imitate. I would guess that for a period in the 80’s, his was the batting stance most mimicked in school yards (perhaps Daryl Strawberry’s was a close second). His on-field persona, at least in my view, was the essence of what a baseball player was supposed to be. In other words, my argument for Mattingly to be part of the canon of great players is highly emotional and rooted in nostalgia.
There are others like me. I discovered a site called Inductdonnie.com, which is completely devoted to its mission "to install Donnie Baseball to his rightful place in Cooperstown." There’s a petition you can sign, a letter-writing campaign and even shirts you can purchase that will help the movement. I suppose the proceeds will go toward the purchase of the weaponry needed in case of an armed take-over of the Hall-of-Fame. If the establishment is not willing to vote him in, the most radical elements of the movement will have to resort to more forceful measures. Mattingly will be physically dropped into a Cooperstown exhibition space by any means necessary. He’s getting in that building no matter what!
If only Boston Red Sox fans had the internets during the time when Jim Rice was up for the vote.