Unfortunately there's nothing empirical to back up your affinity for Mattingly. His best five year stretch was one MVP, one fifth place finish and a seventh place finish. You are free to feel that Mattingly was the best player over a five year period, but there's nothing to back you up. I can say that Jim Rice was the best player from 75-79 and back it up by saying he had one MVP and three other top five MVP seasons and say that 78 was one of the best offensive seasons ever. And have the numbers to back it up. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/riceji01.shtml You have the passion for Don Mattingly, but not enough others agree with you. For the record, I won't lose a second of sleep if Mattingly gets voted in next year or if he never makes it. Cruel reality of sports is that a debilitating injury in your prime plus lack of any post season success equals less recognition post-playing than you probably deserve. And Mattingly isn't the only one who this applies to either.