Father Gabe Costa
In this installment of By The Numbers, I recap 10 Fall Classics — starting in 1958 — which I vividly remember and which, for me, are frozen in time.
Father Jack Radano is a lifelong Yankees fan. He spent many years laboring at the Vatican and is presently a professor at nearby Seton Hall University. I asked him to give his thoughts on Derek Jeter’s last year.
If you were tasked with picking an all-time MLB lineup, what would it look like? What would be the parameters for selection?
So as we mull over this year, let us also take a premature look at next year in anticipation of life without Jeter in 2015.
It’s the offense’s move. I suspect we will not see a major reaction or response from batters this year, not as long as they stubbornly insist on making hard outs rather than trying for soft hits.
Is Wagner still the greatest shortstop of all time? A year ago, I would have said “Absolutely!” Now I am not so sure. This brings us to Derek Jeter.
I suspected that I would know most of the “answers,” but it was interesting to hear these responses and observations about “daddy” from Julia herself, and how they confirmed what I had read before.
Over their careers, I would take Mays over Mantle. However, during their primes, I think The Commerce Comet was superior to The Say Hey Kid.
Bonds is the only player in history with a SECA of over .600, with a career mark of .606. He is followed by Ruth (.594) and Ted Williams (.553).
Tony, enjoy the Big Ball Orchard in the Sky. Give my best to the Babe and Lou.
There is no doubt that the National League (read: Dodgers) took the lead in 1947 in breaking the color barrier. However, it took more than two years for a second NL club to integrate.
Two shutouts while surrendering seven hits in 18 innings. What a difference a ballpark makes! And because of this, we are left with lots of questions — in two parts.
I guess if there is anything in baseball that’s akin to alchemy’s quest to turn base metals into silver or gold, it would be to find a magic formula which would predict victories on the field.
I thought I would round out this discussion by choosing all-time teams: one comprised solely of Yankees and the other with players from the New York Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets.
This is a follow-up from my previous column, where the question under consideration was: Is New York an American League city or a National League city?