Video: Marlins manager Don Mattingly has cinder block broken over his chest

(Courtesy of @Marlins on Twitter)

Maybe it’s the familiarity factor, but “Donnie Baseball” has more of a ring to it than “Donnie Karate.”

That said, the Miami Marlins may have to consider altering manager Don Mattingly’s nickname after his latest inspirational performance.

The 55-year-old skipper was an active participant in the clubhouse presentation by Radical Reality, a motivational speaking group from Northern California who favors some extreme methods. They all crushed it — and by it, we mean the cinder block smashed with a sledgehammer over Mattingly’s chest.

Didn’t someone say there’s no cinder block-breaking in baseball?

As a non-expert on martial arts breaks and motivational tactics, it’s tough to criticize the approach. This seems unnecessarily risky, but Mattingly made it through the ordeal unscathed, so perhaps the peril isn’t as great as it appears.

Or maybe the motivational team is able to give superhuman-type strength to its audience. They did help Marlins first baseman Justin Bour snap a baseball bat in half with his bare hands, after all.

Needless to say the fish are ready for the day. @claimthevictory @marlins

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The Marlins need all the help they can get. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2003 and snapping that drought might require leapfrogging both the Washington Nationals and New York Mets.

Miami’s early returns on the motivational investment were promising. The Marlins went on to beat the Mets 6-2 later that day.