Results for tag: Bernie Williams
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 28, 2010 at 11:58:14 AM

MUCH ADO ABOUT SOMETHING: THE CULT OF THE VETERAN
Here’s a trivia question for you: Who was the Yankees’ opening day designated hitter in 1977? Here are some hints: It wasn’t Reggie Jackson; he played right field. It wasn’t Roy White; he played left. It wasn’t Lou Piniella; he didn’t play. Ready? It was Jimmy Wynn -- the Toy Cannon. He went 2-for-3 with a home run, too, the only run the Yankees would need in a 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Jimmy Wynn was 35 then. He was a heck of a player, though it’s sometimes hard to see that because he played in the 1960s and 70s, a time when offense was at a low ebb. In 1969, he hit .269/.436/.507 with 33 home runs and 148 walks. That’s roughly equivalent to hitting .305 with 40 home runs last year. He was

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jan 7, 2010 at 06:04:02 PM

LITTLE HANDS OF CONCRETE
I’m enjoying a momentary respite from the pressures of book production as we enjoy a slight pause before finishing production on Baseball Prospectus 2010, a book riddled with commentary by yours truly, which may or may not be a selling point. I considered using the time to play video games (there are several that I have just sitting around, including the Batman game that was a big hit last year), but instead I ended up watching two and a half hours of Elvis Costello’s show on the Sundance Channel. I never anticipated a McManus-Levon Helm team-up, but Levon (greatest drummer ever in some senses; as Greil Marcus wrote, the only drummer who can make you cry) teamed up with anyone would be a good thing. Has anyone told Bernie Williams that? Has anyone asked

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Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Dec 29, 2009 at 04:10:44 PM

THE END OF THE DECADE
I don’t know how these last 10 years have been for you, but there have been a lot of changes for me. When 2000 began I had no children. Now I have two. I had two working eyes. Now I have one. This feature was running at MLB.com. Now it’s at YES. On the whole, I’d say I’ve come out ahead. I hope that the decade was as friendly to you, though I know that for many it has been rough going. The Yankees have been through a lot of changes as well. With this first 10 years of the 21st century coming to a close, some Yankees top 10 for the years 2000 to 2009:

Games played
1    Derek Jeter            1500 
2    Jorge Posada        

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