Re: Rest for Regulars
posted at 8/30/2013 1:00 PM EDT
In response to GoUconn13's comment:
In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:
Tell them that when they sit out due to injury or sit out because they need a "scheduled day off"...they don't get paid for that game.
You'd see fewer guys on the DL and fewer guys having "scheduled days off."
Carl Yastrzemski played 161 games in 1967 and won the Triple Crown.
Yaz played 157 games in 1968 and won the batting title.
Yaz played all 162 games in 1969 and had 40HR and 111RBI.
Yaz played 161 games in 1970 walked 128 times and had the highest BA of his career .329.
These were his peak years.
In fact Carl played over 125 games every year except 1981....that's right evEry year of his 23 year Hall Of Fame career.
So don't tell me players NEED scheduled days off. Don't tell me players cannot play through nagging injuries ( you think never was hampered by sore back, sore legs or headache?).
I feel lucky that I saw a man who exemplified the true baseball and what he should be. Fans paid to see Yaz, and did not disappoint them. When you went to Fenway Yaz was in the lineup...if he was sitting on that day, you would feel cheated. Fans pay to see the best players play, if they can't motivate themselves with today's pay , they never will. Yaz did not make A-Rod money, he didn'y even make J.D.Drew money, yet he played and he gave us his best effort.
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First of all, Yaz started playing at age of 21 where he average around 150 to 155 games a year in his first ten years with Boston except one year he only played 133 games. Then in his last ten years or more with Boston, he went over 150 games only three times.
So therefore, once he got into the 30's he missed more games than in his first 10 years with Boston due to day offs. Remember Napoli, Drew, Papi, Victorino, Gomes, among others are in the 30's too, and they are resting the same way Yaz did it when he was in the 30's.
You cant compare players who are in young 20's to mid-20's to the players in the 30's.
Today' players are pampered. They are paid extremely well. The training facilities and the medical staff have advanced quite a lot since the days when Yaz was in his prime ( 1966-75). I am not comparing Yaz the 22 year old to Napoli the decripit 31 year old, or Ortiz , who seems as if he has been over 35 for ten years. Carl Yastrzemski was 31 in 1971...one year after the 4 seasons I use as a reference. 1971 was not one of Carl's best years, but he still managed to play in 148 games....then he played:
125 games at age 32
152 games at age 33
148 games at age 34
149 games at age 35
155 games at age 36
150 games at age 37
144 games at age 38
147 games at age 39
His last four seasons at age 40-44 he played, 105, 91, 131 , and 119 games.
Yes , there was a drop off at age 40....but you'd expect that.
I want to see any player in today's game play 155 games past age 35. Ortiz is a fr**kin' DH and he hasn't played over 155 games since 2005 ,,,and he was only 29 years old!!!
Pedroia is the kind of guy that exemplifies the old time ballplayer. He wants to play everyday, he hustles everday and he elevates the lineup when he plays both with his offense and defense. Sometimes he hits a rough patch and goes into a slump, but his defense is always stellar...AND THIS IS THE SMALLEST MAN ON THE TEAM.
Did you know that Carl Yastrzemski was the smallest player physically on the 1967 Red Sox?....when I was 9 years old and Yastrzemski was carrying the 1967 Red Sox on his shoulders to the postseason, I visualized this man as being a real big guy, especially since every time you switched on the T.V. or radio , he seemed to be putting the Sox ahead with a 3-run homer.