Graig Nettles surpassed most Hall of Fame third basemen

10 11 2009

Compare Graig Nettles to the other third basemen in the Hall of Fame and you quickly see that he belongs with them.

Nettles led all third basemen but one in games played at third, assists and double plays. The one guy ahead of him? Brooks Robinson. Nettles couldn’t start winning Gold Gloves until Robinson retired (even though he passed him up defensively a few years earlier), so he only won two Gold Gloves. But if you’re on a short list at third base with Brooks Robinson, you certainly deserve consideration. Read the rest of this entry »

All-time Yankees’ World Series team

1 11 2009

Here’s my all-time Yankees World Series team (based solely on World Series performance for the Yankees):

Catcher: Yogi Berra, all-time World Series leader in at-bats (259), hits (71) and doubles (10, tied with Frankie Frisch), third in homers with 12, second in RBI with 39. Won nine World Series, played in 14, managed in terrific seven-game series lost to Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and a great Cardinals team. His great numbers weren’t just from longevity. He had great Series performances, most notably three homers and 10 RBI and catching Don Larson’s perfect game in 1956. I have two balls with Berra’s signature, one as Yogi and one, when he was younger, as “Larry Berra.”berra Read the rest of this entry »

Back where the Yankees belong

8 10 2009

I will be blogging through the 2009 post-season and beyond, some observations about the Yankees and my lifelong loyalty to them.

A particular interest is the consistency with which deserving Yankees get the shaft when it comes to Hall of Fame selections. You will get to read about how Roger Maris, Don Mattingly, Ron Guidry, Thurman Munson, Tommy John, Allie Reynolds and Graig Nettles belong in the Hall of Fame. In each case, it’s not even close. These guys are Hall of Famers, kept out of Cooperstown by the voters’ anti-Yankee bias (bolstered by some other ridiculous voter biases, which I will address).

And, of course, I’ll blog about this year’s edition of the Yankees, back in post-season play after a one-year absence.