Don Mattingly bats left, threw left, throws right
Let the record show that Don Mattingly threw left in the Major Leagues. Let the picture show that Mattingly throws right.
The former eight-time All-Star often finds his way to first base during batting practice, but lately, he’s been wearing a glove on what you’d expect to be his throwing hand. (At right, Mattingly throwing lefty on April 15.)
Mattingly explained that he’s ambidextrous, but after spending his career throwing left — including three games at third base in 1986 — wear and tear has turned him around.
“With my shoulder, I can’t really throw left-handed,” he said. “I can’t really pull it way back. So I’m getting my right hand going again.”
Mattingly said that in Little League, when he played positions including catcher and shortstop, he played right-handed.
“Once I got to high school, I pretty much stayed left-handed,” he said. “That was my stronger arm – always stronger left-handed. But I always threw right naturally.”