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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Eddie Yost, dubbed “The Walking Man,” passes away at age 86

Former major league third baseman Eddie Yost, who led the AL in walks six times in an 18-year big-league career, died at age 86 on Tuesday.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: October 17, 2012 at 12:05 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ajnrules Posted: October 17, 2012 at 01:36 AM (#4273702)
Wow, what sad news. There goes one of the most unique offensive players there is.

RIP Mr. Yost
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 17, 2012 at 01:38 AM (#4273708)
RIP Eddie--he had an ISO OBP (OBP-AVG) of .150--higher than Teddy Ballgame (unfair comparison because of William's much higher AVG)
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: October 17, 2012 at 01:59 AM (#4273720)
The last and walkingest of the Walking Eddies.

RIP.

   4. OCF Posted: October 17, 2012 at 02:18 AM (#4273725)
A unique feature of his times was the rise of the whole group of players who are the "Eddies" in my mind: Eddie Yost, Eddie Joost, Eddie Stanky, Ferris Fain, Roy Cullenbine, and so on. And Eddie Yost was the best of them.

Edit: or what SoSH U said.
   5. depletion Posted: October 17, 2012 at 08:13 AM (#4273752)
Mr. Yost coached for the Mets for a number of successful seasons, as well. My condolences to the Yost family and friends.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: October 17, 2012 at 08:52 AM (#4273763)
And Eddie Lake.

It's hilarious that people still sometimes talk as if no one in baseball knew the value of a walk until Rob Neyer got a column.
   7. sjberke Posted: October 17, 2012 at 10:09 AM (#4273816)
For more than a decade, DC talk radio host Phil Wood has closed his shows by saying "Eddie Yost", which when said quickly sounds as if he were saying "Adios". Don't know if he'll continue to do so now that Mr. Yost has passed on.
   8. TerpNats Posted: October 17, 2012 at 10:17 AM (#4273824)
I'm glad Eddie lived long enough to see a first-place Washington team.
   9. robinred Posted: October 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM (#4273844)
No "The Walking Dead" jokes yet?

Too soon, I guess.
   10. Wilson Posted: October 17, 2012 at 10:33 AM (#4273850)
By my quick check, Eddie Yost was 7th in career isoOBP at .140. Behind Max Bishop, Gene Tenace, Jack Crooks, Barry Bonds, Eddie Stanky and Bill Joyce.
I've always been fascinated by these types. I always think of Roy Thomas as the epitome of this type of player, but his isoOBP is only .123. However, Thomas does have the biggest career difference between isoOBP and ISO, of .080.
   11. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: October 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4273871)
Ah, too bad. A fun player to look at.
   12. DanG Posted: October 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4274072)
All players with OBP > 1.5*BA

Rk             Player OPS+  OBP   BA   PA From   To
1         Gene Tenace  136 .388 .241 5527 1969 1983
2           Adam Dunn  126 .370 .240 7210 2001 2012
3    Mickey Tettleton  122 .369 .241 5745 1984 1997
4          Eddie Yost  109 .394 .254 9175 1944 1962
5        Eddie Stanky  109 .410 .268 5435 1943 1953
6          Max Bishop  103 .423 .271 5789 1924 1935
7         Eddie Joost   99 .361 .239 6789 1936 1955
8          Eddie Lake   91 .366 .231 3199 1939 1950 
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: October 17, 2012 at 01:03 PM (#4274092)
What's up with all the Eddies on that list?
   14. PreservedFish Posted: October 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4274097)
I would love it if someone could provide some historical context for the Walking Eddies. How was their offensive strategy discussed at the time, for example? And hell, how did they do it? Could a banjo hitter in 2012 rack up 150 walks?
   15. BDC Posted: October 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4274190)
Most of the Eddies weren't really "banjo hitters," in context, is the thing. Yost had good power, severely masked by playing in Washington. Joost had good power, Lake had what you'd call "odd home run" power. The exception is Stanky, who was probably a bit shorter than his listed 5'8" and just hard to throw a strike to; and even Stanky's power was OK when he got to play for the Giants late in his career. I think you didn't want to make a mistake to any of them, and they'd refuse to swing at balls, so they had you either way.

Max Bishop played in a different era and is harder to explain. He was the leadoff batter for the 1929 A's, for instance, batting .232 with no power in front of much of the Hall of Fame. Why you would throw him something off the plate is hard to figure. But he was a small guy, too. Time was, that was an advantage in baseball (and time not so long ago; it explains some of Joe Morgan's success).

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