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|2012-08-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I was at the Seaver game and, if I recall correctly, it was Phil Rizzuto too and they brought a cow onto the field. My clearest memory is Don Baylor coming up in the ninth and hitting the ball to the warning track to end the game on what was almost a tying or winning home run.|
(edwardarthur from Illinois)
|You have a good memory, edwardarthur! Baylor just missed a sinker and hit one of the tallest fly balls I have ever seen, but it was caught by Reid Nichols in LF. I spoke with Don about this years later, and he knew he was on it, just enough off the barrel to stay in the park. And yes, I think there might have been a cow on the field pre-game! (Dan Evans)|
|2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Players aren't Strat cards, but I could swear the Yankee captain's legal name is "Derek Sanderson gb(SS)A"|
(Mr. Richman from Greenport)
|Aye, reminds me well of George Kell's 1950 card, where the entire two column was one flavor of gbA or another, except for the lineout-Max spot. The friend who drafted Kell had to endure a full season's worth of rolling a two with men on, but our replay of that AL season just confirmed what the season itself proved: whoever had Phil Rizzuto was going to win. (Christina Kahrl)|
|2009-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||With Dom DiMaggio's recent passing, could you please put his career into historical perspective? How about some sort of "Joe-Independent Career Analysis"?|
(BL from Bozeman)
|I had to read this three times before I realized you meant DiMaggio-Independent and not Sheehan; I didn't remember Joe writing anything about the Little Professor. Dom was a great ballplayer in his own right, not just because he was Joe's little brother. Writing the day after his death, I said he was like Brett Butler but with more walks and a bit more pop, though it's hard to separate his production from Fenway Park, which was oh so friendly in those days. He was probably a better fielder than Joe--so was older brother Vince, an underrated player for various reasons--but they were all very good outfielders. Some like to see Dom as a Hall of Famer, especially if you give him credit for his missed WW II years, but I don't quite see it that way. It wasn't just the war that shortened his career--he quit when Lou Boudreau decided to bench him in 1953, there's the park factor... I mean, if Phil Rizzuto is in, I guess he could be in, as he performed a similar role--leadoff hitter, defensive centerpiece of a very good team. Then again, Rizzuto had 93 rings and Dom's Red Sox had just the one pennant, and it's kind of a reductionist argument. Anyway, he was a very good player, regardless of his surname. (Steven Goldman)|
|2009-03-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who is the greatest bunter of all time (please say Alvaro Espinoza)?|
(Tony from Brooklyn, NY)
|Can I say Phil Rizzuto instead? Espinoza was one of the very good ones that I've seen. Jay Bell was another. Man, I used to have arguments with my best friends about Espinoza. They would say he was a great bunter, great defender, and I would foam at the mouth and scream that he had an OBP of .250, so who cared if he was a great defender, could fly, or heal the sick? After awhile they did it just to watch my reaction. (Steven Goldman)|
|2008-09-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I'm sure you remember that Bill James writes that the Yankees were able to lead the league in double plays so many times in the 50s, despite a constantly shifting middle infield, because "Gid McDougald could do anything."
Of course, if most teams had a player like gil McDougald, he'd be starting somwhere in the infield, if they were smart.
Then again, some teams and players think that 60 innings of good pitching is worth more than 175...|
(Matt from Mt. Albert, ON)
|Well, Gil did start. The thing was, he was good enough that if, say, Phil Rizzuto's bat died of old age and they needed a shortstop, he started at shortstop. If it turned out that Rizzuto could hit a little bit and Billy Martin had been drafted and Jerry Coleman was hurt, he could play second. If the Yankees couldn't come up with a better third baseman than Andy Carey, and they never could, then McDougald could pick it at third. It wasn't that he wasn't starting, it's that he was starting everywhere, depending on need. It's a very smart way of doing things if you have that kind of flexibility -- kind of like what Tony LaRussa did with Tony Phillips, except you have to imagine Phillips as a gold glover instead of a butcher. (Steven Goldman)|
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