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|2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How many Dan Voglebach questions are you getting, and which one will you answer? This guy is a better version of Adam Dunn, right? Or were you thinking more along the lines of a fatter Joe DiMaggio?|
(John from Chicago)
|This is actually the one and only that I can see, though I have about 100 questions waiting for me. He's a lot of fun to watch, and he rakes. The profile is bat only, but there should be less swing and miss and a better hit tool than Adam Dunn. Long way to go before he's hitting 30-plus homers in a big-league season, but the bat is legit. (Jason Cole)|
|2011-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you think there is any chance the Yankees move Jeter down to the bottom of the lineup this year or even in future seasons?|
(SaberTJ from Cleveland, OH)
|Let's close on this note. They moved Joe DiMaggio down, so they can move Jeter down. They cared more about winning than avoiding media scrutiny then. Right now it's all about this utterly meaningless milestone. Once it's over, you'll probably see him get a day off and then maybe they will make some changes. They just have to make up their minds to deal with a week of annoying questions. (Steven Goldman)|
|2011-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Ian Desmond has hit the ball well and looked very good in the field since the birth of his child. How possible do you think it is that players can play poorly due to external factors, and how often do you think it happens, without us noticing?|
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
|I've said this before, so forgive me. If you're watching the Tigers game, Kelly just dove for a ball and missed, allowing Eric Chavez a triple (Chavez was so unused to running that hard that he's apparently hurt himself--surprise!). One of my favorite Casey Stengel lines is something he said in praise of Joe DiMaggio, that DiMaggio never dove because he knew he wasn't going swimming. At first it might seem odd that a manager would praise a player for NOT diving, but if you think about it, it's better fundamental baseball not to, because if you don't dive you have a single, if you do dive and miss you have a triple, as we saw here.
As to your question, a good one, I think it happens all the time. Players are like us--they have off-field issues all the time that serve as distractions, and some are better at screening those out than others. (Steven Goldman)
|2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)||Have you heard the Todd Snider song on Dock Ellis? I suppose PEDs can theoretically come in many different varieties.|
(ChuckR from Addison, IL)
|I haven't and I've meant to, but this is a point I've been trying to make about PEDs when I say, Joe DiMaggio calmed his nerves during his '41 hitting streak by chain smoking in the dugout tunnel. Yes, he was taking a drug, nicotine. And readers go, "ARE YOU KIDDING, COMPARING CIGARETTES TO STEROIDS?" and miss the point. I'm not saying that nicotine can help you get a hit or a home run, though I would argue it probably did in DiMaggio's case. Rather, I am arguing in the specific case that taking a drug to help you stay on the field is cheating, when there are ALL kinds of drugs, be they PEDs or aspirin or antibiotics. We just choose which ones are in and which are out. That was the whole point of this week's You Could Look It Up. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||no batter no batter suh-WING batter!!!
What do you think of the idea that great pitchers (and I'm thinking of Smoltz here) need to be pushed violently to the curb before they accept that they're done? I've always felt that the ego needed to become a star is what keeps these guys around the game until they just have nothing left (Carlton being the best example).|
(Joe from Tewksbury, MA)
|Thanks for the Hughes shout-out, Joe. You might be right about ego, but these guys can only pitch as long as they have accomplices in teams willing to give them one more shot. Beyond that, most athletes have a hard time letting go -- I know if someone told me tomorrow that I could no longer do what I'm good at and what I love, I would struggle with finding a new identity for quite awhile... One of the great exceptions was Joe DiMaggio, who was prideful enough to stop almost the moment he slipped. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Greetings from Bronx Banter!
Gaze into your crystal ball and tell me when Jeter gets moved off of SS, and what position he moves to?|
(dianagramr from NYC)
|Hey, D. Congratulations on your move into the pro ranks (check out Diane's work at Bronx Banter's new home at SNY). I'm going to guess that, like Joe DiMaggio when he was faced with Mickey Mantle forcing him off of his historic perch in center field, Jeter will elect to make his next position... Mr. Coffee. So the date would be 2011. A bit of a flip answer, but I fully expect that Jeter's declining bat will make the point moot by the time his contract is up. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||This is completely random, but....
Am I wrong in thinking that Joe DiMaggio is one of the most inappropriately worshipped superstars from baseball history? Maybe I've only read one side of the story, but when I think of Joey D., I think of wife-beating, mob slush funds, and poor treatment of his teammates. Also, the numbers don't even support him being the best player during his career - that would be Ted Williams or Stan Musial. I don't know if I'm being unfairly biased as a Red Sox fan, so I'm curious what your opinion of the man is.|
(RedSoxWoo77 from Plymouth, MA)
|Obviously, not being 65 years old, I didn't see Joe D play. There's a very good book by Robert Creamer that has gone by a couple of names - I read it as "Baseball in '41," but it has another title now. The thesis, and this seems right to me, is that DiMaggio wasn't terribly popular when he first came up, especially because he was a frequently injured, regular holdout, but that the timing of The Streak, coming when it did with the world in a very tense spot, really did something to translate him in the public mind from just another selfish ballplayer into something mystical. As for specific comps to Musial and Williams, they were more selective hitters, but if you put them in the same park and give DiMag credit for being an excellent defensive CF when the other two were just so-so corner guys, I think the differences start to disappear. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Any first ballot Hall of Fame members in the Uptons/Longoria/Braun group?|
(denny187 from WI)
|Well, Braun has hit 71 homers in his first two years in the majors. The only players with as many or more are Pujols (71), Eddie Matthews (72), Ralph Kiner (74), and Joe DiMaggio (75). And Longoria has put up 8.1 WARP in his rookie season at the age of 22 after missing part of April and over a month at the end of the season, which is really a remarkable feat. I think all four of them have the talent to be Hall of Famers...first ballot? The vagaries of BBWAA selections are hard to predict. (Caleb Peiffer)|
|2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)||What now-extinct ballpark would you most like to have watched a game in? |
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
|The Polo Grounds, I think. I can't really wrap my mind around the dimensions, and would have liked to have seen how they played.
This is tangential, but I want to put it in here...I was thinking about Joe DiMaggio and his great defensive reputation. I think it was easier for him to have that because of the dimensions of the Stadium. Not that he wasn't great, but when you have that much room to cover, you're going to spend a lot of time catching fly balls. Same for any OF in a huge yard. Now, we can account for that stuff, but with older players, the images and the impressions stay with us.
Yeah, that was random. Drinking a Caffeine Sugar Chocolate Bomb from Dunkin' Donuts does that to me. That's probably not its name. (Joe Sheehan)
|2008-03-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Maybe you won't touch this one, but you're a historical guy so I'll ask anyway: Red Sox Nation seems more unbearable than ever before (Dave Roberts stole a base! We know!). But in the first 15 years of the American League, they had the drunken Royal Rooters who played the same song over and over again throughout games. Is this really the most obnoxious Red Sox fan base in history, or were the fans of 100 years ago worse?|
(oira61 from San Francisco)
|I think Red Sox fans have every right to crow. They waited a long time to get an ownership that had two brain cells to rub together, and they've got that and so much more. Their organization is now the class of baseball.
The only thing I'm not sure is which I'd rather hear/not hear, "Tessie," or "Dirty Water." Neither is "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio." (Steven Goldman)
|2010-07-13 16:30:00||All-Star Game||Nice that he was flattered, unlike, say, Joe DiMaggio, who was kind of offended by "Mrs. Robinson." "What do you mean 'where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?' I'm right here, selling Mr. Coffee and the Bowery Savings Bank." (Steven Goldman)|
|2010-07-13 16:30:00||All-Star Game||Christina who was it (Oscar Gamble, perhaps) who said that for the Yankees, old timer's day is seeing Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle take the field, whereas for the Padres it's Nate Colbert coming into the clubhouse and trying to sell you a used car? (Steven Goldman)|