Don Mattingly, widely regarded as the best player in baseball, is the first to receive a perfect score in statistical rankings used to determine compensation for free-agent signings.
The New York Yankees' first baseman received a 1.000 in the Elias Sports Bureau rankings, which were established seven years ago as part of the settlement of the players' strike.
The rankings are based on performance in at least five categories in a two-year period. After being ranked by position, players are divided into five categories, according to position: outfielders; first basemen and designated hitters; second basemen, third basemen and shortstops; catchers, and starting pitchers and relievers.
Mattingly received a perfect score because he was top-ranked in every category used to evaluate first basemen--plate appearances, batting average, on-base percentage, home runs and runs-batted in.