Thursday, June 14, 2012

Damn Yankees

So who is Bernie Williams, you may ask. Bernie used to play major league baseball. He spent his entire career with the New York Yankees and provided a solid glove and stready bat for a team that went to the post season time and again. In fact, Bernie holds the record (so far) for most post season home runs and RBI, lifetime, mainly because he has had so many chances, and has capitalized on them. He is a lifetime .300 hitter with one batting title to his credit and career statistics that ought to make him a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. But, like another Yankee great, Don Mattingly, the Hall may prove elusive, Just remember his name when he comes up for that vote, and root for him.

Mattingly's statistics are almost parallel to Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett down to the number of years each man played. But Mattingly had the misfortune of playing for a Yankee team constantly in the throes of rebuilding, and never got into a post season until the end of his career, in 1995, just when Williams and current team captain Derek Jeter were staring. In that one post season the Yanks found themselves battling the Seattle Mariners in the best of five first round and losing in five mainly because of Ken Griffey Jr.'s five home runs and the masterful pitching of Randy Johnson. So Mattingly went home, became a coach, and still belongs in the Hall.

Sometimes it's fun to write about something other than politics and aging.

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