Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET
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|2016-07-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Did you agree with Melania Trump when she said "Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical?"|
(alexohconnor from Chicago)
|I can't believe she stole that quote from me, Yogi Berra. Sad! (Nicolas Stellini)|
|2011-04-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Best movie with worst sequel? Yogi Berra / Dale Berra.|
(Ken from The Sconnie Office)
|Win! (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How much does the type of workouts players do during the off season matter? For example, Evan Longoria concentrated on his hamstrings/glutes during the winter. Is this more of an overreaction to the previous year or something likely to prevent recurrences in the future? (or, more likely, depends on the individual and workouts in question?) |
(Stephanie from DC)
|Great question. Bypassing the easy joke about Longoria, it's an interesting point that we know so little about the off-season workouts. They're actually a new innovation. Players used to WORK during the offseason. Yogi Berra was a maitre d' early in his career. Mickey Mantle I think sold cars. Since so many are done ad hoc and followed only "light touch" by the teams, there's very little data. Mostly we get people following on someone's success. Lots of Red Sox go to API in Arizona because Dustin Pedroia was an advocate and won an MVP. (Will Carroll)|
|2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Steve, what do you think the Yankees should do for DH next year? Lots of folks are saying they need to keep it open as a revolving door for the older players (specifically Posada), but isn't that a dangerous thing to do? Don't they need to acquire an actual hitter for that spot? If those older players are really going to play so much DH, that means lots of plate appearances will go to inferior bench players. I don't like that at all.
Maybe a trade for Adam Dunn makes sense? If not, how about Matsui or Thome on a one-year deal? |
(Ralphus from Connecticut)
|Keeping it open for Posada would be a swell idea if they had an equivalent bat to put behind the plate. If you're just opening up a spot for someone like Cervelli to be a regular, you're just hurting yourself. Now, say the Yankees traded for a youngish catcher with pop, someone like Chris Ianetta (alright, Ianetta hit .166 on the road this year, but bear with me) who, IIRC, will be arb-eligible this year. Then it makes sense to do that with Jorge, along the lines of the Yankees pushing Yogi Berra to LF from time to time to make room for Ellie Howard. I'd love to see Dunn as a Yankee, but don't think it will happen. In any case, my preference would be a solution along the lines I just suggested -- a DH rotation is fine provided you're not using it as a way to get an inferior bat in the lineup. If it gets a kid catcher in (one who will develop offensively) great. If it gets Austin Jackson in the lineup and Austin can contribute more than his translations suggest, great. If it gives Montero a place to play, great. Those things would all be better than giving another contract to a 35-40 year-old. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Prioritize for me
Allan Barra's Yogi Berra or American Icon by the Newsday reporters, or should I have bought Forever Blue by Michael D'Antonio.|
(nstampe from madison)
|I'm hopelessly biased because Allan's a friend, but we've been overdue for a quality biography of Yogi Berra for a long, long time. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi Steven. I'm looking for a good book on the 1918 World Series, any sugestions? Also, any good Honus Wagner bios out there you'd recommend? Thanks.|
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
|There have been a few Wagner bios, but if a definitive one exists I haven't yet found it. BTW, I'm currently enjoying (full disclosure: my good friend) Allen Barra's new biography of Yogi Berra. I know there are books out there on the 1918 Red Sox, but no single volume is leaping to mind right now. Perhaps a reader will suggest one. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I need a good baseball read in addition to BP '09. Any suggestions beyond the Yogi Berra book? Maybe some suggestions from others on board this afternoon's chat wagon...|
(mhixpgh from Pittsburgh)
|Shameless plug department: Have you read BP's Mind Game? BP's It Ain't Over? BP's Baseball Between the Numbers? How about my own Forging Genius, on Casey Stengel? (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-12-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)||hypothetical: say the yankees start off the season 15-20. Which of the following will happen first: girardi gets fired, hank punches a the first hole in the wall at yankees stadium, or he orders a hole dug in the yankees dugout to re-plant that redsox jersey they dug up?|
(kevin from boston)
|After this spending spree, I think that, yes, the dangers that Joe Girardi's in waters Yogi Berra once swam are very real. Nothing like that much money getting spent to make a statement that nothing short of success right now this very instant is acceptable. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What are the Red Sox plans at the catcher position. The more time that passes, the more I believe Varitek will make a push to re-sign with the Red Sox at a hometown discount. As frustrating as it was to watch him attempt to tread water at the dish, wouldn't it serve the Sox well if they could lock up Tek to provide tutelage to his successor? Is Kottaras a legitimate candidate or is it worth it to trade Bowden/Buchholz to aquire Teagarden/Salty?|
(nmhesketh from Cambridge)
|Having watched Joe Girardi "tutor" Jorge Posada right out of his prime while hitting into a double play roughly every other at bat, I'm pretty down on the idea of tutelage. When in sports did anyone learn by watching? Let's let the coaches be coaches and the players be players. When the Yankees wanted to make Yogi Berra into a better catcher, they hired Bill Dickey to (as Yogi put it) "learn me everything he knows." They didn't play Dickey in front of him... I think the Sox will need Bowden and Buchholz too much to deal them off for catching help. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Regarding Yost and your YCLIU article, so if you discount Williams/Expos1981 'cuz of the strike, there's then not a single really good parallel to what the Brewers did here? And some BP writer made a remark about Yost's "Queeg-like" lockerroom persona. Any idea what that references?|
(Richie from Washington)
|Before writing the YCLIU article, I looked at every managerial record from 1900 on. There are a several examples of the opposite kind of firing, a manager getting canned just a few games into the season, like Yogi Berra in 1985 or Nick Leyva in 1991, and a couple of managers, like Eddie Stanky and Eddie Sawyer, who decided after one game that this managing thing wasn't for them, but the Dick Williams thing was as close as I think we can get to the Yost situation. As I tried to imply, well, not imply - I came out and said it, maybe this is because other organizations were more vigilant than the Brewers have been. It's a bit late for the Brewers to be all, "We're shocked, SHOCKED, that Ned Yost sucks." That, by the way (shocked, SHOCKED) is a reference to a Humphrey Bogart film, "Casablanca." "Queeg" also references a Bogart movie, "The Caine Mutiny," based on Herman Wouk's novel, in which Bogie played the WW II Captain Queeg, a paranoid, frightened martinet. Just a B/B- film. Same for the novel. Bogie is great, though. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Was their ever a player with more of a stocky build than Hack Wilson? He looks ridiculous!|
(Rob from Bloomington, IL)
|In my book "Forging Genius," I said that Hack looked like Popeye or an inverted bowling pin. I don't think Yogi Berra was too different, maybe even Kirby Puckett. Ever see the pictures of Wilson standing next to Ruth and Gehrig? Looks like they're hanging out with someone from a circus sideshow. They tower over him. (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-04-05 09:30:00||Season Opener Roundtable||Jquinton82 (NY): Heres a few topics: 1) Madison Bumgarner's missing velocity 2) First top 25 prospect to get called up, who & when? 3) The next Jimmy Rollins is...? 4) Word association - Yogi Berra ...discuss amongst yourselves |
1) Either he's hurt, or he left it in his other pants. Like lost car keys, missing velocity is always in the last place you look.
2) Well, with Jason Heyward, Neftali Feliz, Brian Matusz and Alcides Escobar breaking camp, this doesn't seem like that big a deal, but I'll go with Buster Posey, May 9, after Bengie Molina sprains some fat.
3) ...taller than Rollins and hopefully blessed with a better OBP.
4) Provider of great book titles by cool people, including our own It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and friend Emma Span's 90% of The Game Is Half Mental, which is one of this spring's funniest baseball books.
Speaking of Yogi, I read a quote the other day that was attributed to him: "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." Alas, that quote has also been attributed to one Johannes "Jan" L. A. van de Snepscheut, a Dutch computer scientist who taught at Caltech before bludgeoning his wife to death with an axe in 1994.
So there's a happy tale. (Jay Jaffe)
|2010-04-05 09:30:00||Season Opener Roundtable||Wow, that was unexpected. I had an answer to a question about Yogi Berra and instead my Padilla answer comes through. (Jay Jaffe)|
|2008-10-22 16:30:00||World Series Game One||Chiming in a bit late on the whole leaving yourself w/o a backup catcher thing, Casey Stengel did that frequently. Sometimes it worked. There was at least one occasion he wound up with Hank Bauer at catcher and lost a game on a PB. Not, however in the WS. ...There was a famous occasion late in the 1949 season when both Yogi Berra and Charlie Silvera were hurt and Ralph Houk started. The umpire made a controversial call and Houk basically assaulted him, but the umpire didn't run him, knowing that it could quite possibly affect the outcome of a close pennant race. I don't think that's actually the correct call, but it's what happened. (Steven Goldman)|
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