mdmf007 wrote:Even with the steroid cloud hovering around him Bonds is still a great player.
Aaron was a great player..., and a 160 game a year schedule.
...in a decade or so and bonds will be another footnote.
Yes, Bonds is a GREAT player, but steroids could have given him 10 home run advantage for every year he was on the stuff.
And not to be picking on you little wiggums, but if Aaron was hitting in a 160 games with the new tighter and more responsive ball he would have been an 800+ homerun champ.
Alex Rodrigues might be the first 800+ hitter if he stays healthy. Being OFF steroids should be a plus, because they tax your liver and kidneys causing you to ages faster. That shows up in your most used joints like the knees and lower back. Mark McGwire was hurting so back it affected his swing and couldn't run the bases.
On a sad note:
Phil Rizzuto past away. One of the greatest shortstops in history. Ted Williams once said of him, that if he was playing with Boston during those years, it would have been the Red Sox and not the Yankees winning the WS. Was Ted was right or did he just respected the guy? Perhaps a little of both. True, there was no more productive shortstop hitter in the world series then Phil.
Here are some records:
He was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1950 after leading the team to its second consecutive pennant with a .324 batting average. He led the AL in double plays three times and in putouts and fielding percentage twice each. His 1,217 career double plays ranked second in major league history. and his .968 career fielding average trailed only Lou Boudreau's mark of .973 among AL shortstops. He led all Yankees and Cardinals hitters with 8 hits and a .381 average in the 1942 World Series.
Like many players of the era, his career was interrupted by a stint in the United States Navy during World War II. That's three years of missing potential records!!!!!
In 1950, his MVP season, he hit .324 with 92 walks, and scored 125 runs. Rizzuto also handled 238 consecutive chances without an error that season, setting the record for shortstops. From September 18, 1949 through June 7, 1950, he played 58 games at shortstop without an error, breaking the AL record of 46 set by Eddie Joost in 1947-1948; the record stood until Ed Brinkman played error-free for 72 games in 1972. Rizzuto recorded 123 double plays in 1950, which despite falling short of the league lead broke Crosetti's team record of 120, set in 1938, and remains the Yankee record. Rizzuto's 1950 fielding percentage of .982 not only led the league, but at .9817 came within a point of Lou Boudreau's league record of .9824, set in 1947; it stood as a Yankees record until 1976, when Fred Stanley posted a mark of .983.
Rizzuto was voted the American League's Most Valuable Player by a large margin in 1950, after having been the runner-up for the award behind Ted Williams in 1949. Rizzuto played in five All-Star Games, in 1942 and each year from 1950 to 1953. In 1950, he also won the Hickok Belt, awarded to the top professional athlete of the year, and was named Major League Player of the Year by The Sporting News. He was voted top major league shortstop by The Sporting News four consecutive years (1949-1952).
Rizzuto was the MVP of the 1951 World Series, batting .320. Decades later, Rizzuto still spoke resentfully of the incident where pugnacious Giants second baseman Eddie Stanky sparked a rally by kicking the ball out of Rizzuto's glove on a tag play.
Rizzuto's 1953 Topps baseball card read in part: "Phil was turned down by the Dodgers because he was too small. He tried out for the Yanks. Despite his size, a scout liked him and sent him to a Yank farm. Later Phil was the Yank shortstop who helped N.Y. beat the Dodgers in three World Series!" Ty Cobb named the 'Scooter' and Stan Musial as "two of the few modern ball players who could hold their own among old timers." Yankees manager Casey Stengel had famously dismissed Rizzuto during that Brooklyn Dodgers tryout in 1935 when Stengel was managing that team, advising him to "go get a shoeshine box." But Stengel ended up managing Rizzuto during five consecutive championship seasons, and would later say, "He is the greatest shortstop I have ever seen in my entire baseball career, and I have watched some beauties." Baltimore Orioles manager Paul Richards added, "Among those shortstops whom I have had the good fortune to see in action, it's got to be Rizzuto on top for career achievement. For a five-year period, I would have to take Lou Boudreau. ... But, year after year, season after season, Rizzuto was a standout." During his heyday, Yankees pitcher Vic Raschi noted, "My best pitch is anything the batter grounds, lines or pops in the direction of Rizzuto." Decades into his retirement, teammate Joe DiMaggio characterized Rizzuto's enduring appeal to fans: "People loved watching me play baseball. Scooter, they just loved."
Rizzuto was noted for "small ball", strong defense, and clutch hitting, which helped the Yankees win seven World Series. As an offensive player, he is particularly regarded as one of the best bunters of his era; he led the AL in sacrifice hits every season from 1949 to 1952. In retirement, he often tutored players on the bunt during spring training. In the announcing booth, Rizzuto talked about the several different kinds of bunts he would use in different situations. Later during his broadcasting career, he occasionally expressed disappointment that the art of bunting had largely been lost in baseball. Rizzuto was among the AL's top five players in stolen bases seven times. Defensively, he led the league three times each in double plays and total chances per game, twice each in fielding and putouts, and once in assists. Rizzuto ranks among the top ten players in several World Series categories, including games, hits, walks, runs, and steals.
Rizzuto also had more than his share of malapropisms and stream-of-consciousness commentary, which annoyed his critics but amused his fans:
"Uh-oh, deep to left-center, nobody's gonna get that one! Holy cow, somebody got it!"
"Bouncer to third, they'll never get him! No, why don't I just shut up!"
"All right! Stay fair! No, it won't stay fair. Good thing it didn't stay fair, or I think he would've caught it!"
"Oh, these Yankees can get the clutch hits, Murcer. I might have to go home early, I just got a cramp in my leg."
Rizzuto is also the announcer who provides the play-by-play commentary during the long spoken bridge in Meat Loaf's 1977 song "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." Ostensibly an account of a baseball sequence, it actually describes the singer's step-by-step efforts to lose his virginity. Rizzuto was reportedly unaware of the suggestive double entendre nature of his spoken contribution, and claimed to be annoyed by the song's success after he began receiving disapproving letters from clergymen. However, by the time he was given a gold record for the album, the mini-controversy had been smoothed over. "Phil was no dummy," said singer Meat Loaf. "He knew exactly what was going on, and he told me such. He was just getting some heat from a priest and felt like he had to do something. I totally understood."
In the movie Sea of Love (1989), Al Pacino plays a police detective who, in the film's opening scene, goes undercover as Phil Rizzuto to bust wanted felons. The police organize a New York Yankees rally that's really an undercover sting operation...and mail "invitations" to dozens of wanted felons who show up thinking it's a meet and greet breakfast with their favorite Yankee players. Before the bad news is revealed, Pacino is serving orange juice to all the felons, wearing a Yankees windbreaker. One of the felons asks Pacino when the Yankees arrive and he responds with, "What...you don't recognize me?" When the felon doesn't, Pacino answers with, "Holy Cow!" And the felon smiles broadly in recognition, "Yeah, yeah...that IS you!" obviously referring to Rizzuto.
Yogi Berra, on hearing teammate Joe DiMaggio was to marry Marilyn Monroe: "I don't know if it's good for baseball, but it sure beats the hell out of rooming with Phil Rizzuto."
At the time of his death, Rizzuto was the oldest living member of Baseball's Hall of Fame, at 89.
Good bye, phil!