“It’s never over ’til it’s over.” - Yogi Berra
Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters passed away Tuesday night at the age of 90. It is a sad day for baseball and for the sports world today as we remember him. Some may say that I am biased as a Yankee fan, but really when you see the outpouring it's tremendous the impact Yogi Berra had on all fans of all sports.
Many people know Yogi for his famously "confusing" sayings, which he insisted often that he never said, even writing a book, “The Yogi Book: I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said!" But when you look at his baseball career, you can see that he was one of the best to ever play the game.
Now I am not a baseball stats guru, but it's tremendous to see what he did and all while as a catcher, the most physically grueling and demanding position on the field. You can't balk at some of these stats, that no one comes close to in today's game...
- Berra’s career batting average of .285
- 358 home runs 358 and drove in 1,430 runs
- Led the American League in assists 5 times
- From 1957 through 1959 went 148 consecutive games behind the plate without making an error, a major league record at the time
- Noted as the best-hitting catcher of recent vintage
- Whiffed a mere 414 times in more than 8,300 plate appearances over 19 seasons — an astonishingly small ratio for a power hitter.
- 3 Most Valuable Player Awards
And the day-to-day game-to-game stats to impress go on and on!
Some of today's tributes from the sports world and beyond are just wonderful...so let's today remember the legend, the character and the wonderful man that was Yogi Berra.