Unlike some guys who draw lots of walks, Youkilis seldom strikes out. [165][166] The brewery was subsequently named as the 2017 California Commercial Beer Brewery of the Year. For the season, he batted .235/.336/.409 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs, and tied for the major league lead in hit by pitch, with 17. As stated in "Moneyball" by Michael Lewis, Youkilis was regarded as the fat third baseman who couldn't field, hit, or throw. "[50] Youkilis was named the American League (AL) Rookie of the Month for May, after leading AL rookies with nine walks and a .446 OBP as he batted .318 with 7 RBIs, and 15 runs in 13 games. [88], On April 2, 2008, on an unassisted game-ending play against the Oakland A's, Youkilis broke the Major League record for most consecutive error-less games by a first baseman, previously held by Steve Garvey, at 194 games. Positions: First Baseman and Third Baseman Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-1, 220lb (185cm, 99kg) Born: March 15, 1979 in Cincinnati, OH us. "[22] His .436 on-base percentage was the fifth-highest in the minors in 2002, and his 80 walks were seventh-most. [97], In 2008, Youkilis led the AL in at bats per RBI (4.7), was 3rd in slugging percentage (.569) and sacrifice flies (9), 4th in RBIs (115), extra base hits (76), and OPS (.958); 5th in hit by pitch (12); 6th in batting average (.312) and on-base percentage (.390); 7th in doubles (43) and in times advanced from first to third on a single (14); 8th in total bases (306), 10th in at-bats per home run (18.6), and 12th in home runs (29). "[17] In his junior year in 2000, he was a second-team All-American and first-team All-Conference USA, as he set school records by hitting three home runs in one game and 19 for the season, and drawing 63 walks in 60 games; still, he went undrafted. May 16, 2012: sent 3B Kevin Youkilis on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox. Youkilis hit .288/.390/.569 and won a Gold Glove for his defense at the position -- the offense is what you'd expect from the Greek god of walks, but that's pretty good for a "fat Double-A third baseman.". [82], Still, in the World Series against Colorado, he did not start the team's away games. He's going to work the count about as good as any hitter in baseball. "Scott Proctor hit me in the head. [1][2] He is also a three-time MLB All-Star, two-time World Series Champion, and winner of the 2008 Hank Aaron Award. [115] Youkilis threw his helmet at the fast back-pedaling Porcello, and Porcello tackled Youkilis, both went down, and both benches cleared. Sambataro, a Newton, Massachusetts native, was CEO of Youkilis's charity, Hits for Kids,[197][198] until the couple split up in 2010. But he hits balls to the gaps effectively, and could develop 10–14 home run power down the road. "[78] Leading the league with a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, and an AL-record 1,079 error-less chances at first, Youkilis won the 2007 AL Gold Glove award for first basemen. '"[7], In 2001, at Haas' urging, the Boston Red Sox drafted Youkilis in the eighth round (243rd overall), to the chagrin of Billy Beane, who had hoped that he would be able to draft him in a later round. Due in part to the popularity of Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis has become something of a cult hero. In his senior year in 2001 he repeated as second-team All-American. [128], In the field, while Youkilis split his time primarily between first base and third base and therefore did not qualify for the fielding percentage title at either, his .998 fielding percentage in 78 games at first matched that of the league leader Lyle Overbay, and his .974 fielding percentage in 63 games at third base was better than league-leader Melvin Mora's .971. [83] Youkilis said, "It doesn't bother me. "[72] "That's the second time", Youkilis observed. He is an actor, known for Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn (2013), Sunday Night Baseball (1990) and Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story (2010). He was a four-year letter winner, a two-time All-Greater Miami Conference (1996 and 1997) and All-City (1996 and 1997) player, and All-State his senior season as he led the team with a .475 batting average and finished second all time in home runs. [167], Michael Lewis's 2003 best-seller Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game focuses on Oakland Athletics' General Manager Billy Beane's use of Sabermetrics as a tool in the evaluation of potential prospects. FTFA: Youkilis, 28, is a bald, bearded god of perseverance, professionalism and hard work. Dubbed "Euclis, The Greek God of Walks," the Red Sox third-base prospect was made larger than life in Michael Lewis' best-selling book. He ultimately played 43 more games for Pawtucket in 2005 before being called up permanently. Full Story. Moneyball (2011) - Yarn is the best way to find video clips by quote. I'm worried about trying to help the team win and trying to get an out any way we can. On September 18, he fractured the tip of the ring finger of his right hand fielding a ground ball, and did not play again until October 2, the final day of the regular season. [187][188][189] However, Youkilis, sensitized by the fact that he is Jewish, declined to be associated with late Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott, who was known for her racist and anti-Semitic statements. He made 23 appearances at third base, 9 at first base, and 2 at second, and batted at least once from all nine spots in the batting order. Youkilis scored the winning run for the Red Sox to complete the second-largest comeback in MLB postseason history. Draft: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round of the 2001 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH). 38 in 2010, and No. [16] "Kevin would have played for a six-pack of beer", his father said. [90] His streak, which started on July 4, 2006, was snapped at 238 games (2,002 fielding attempts) on June 7, 2008 against the Seattle Mariners. Kevin Youkilis became the icon of the era; he didn't swing at a 3-0 pitch his entire career. [22][40] His 104 walks were the third-highest number recorded in the minors in 2003. It's life, here in Boston. by David Cameron. 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[22], In 2007, Youkilis had earned $424,500, the fourth-lowest salary on the club. [108], Youkilis hit a walk off home run against the Yankees on April 24, 2009. [15] In 2017, the school honored him by retiring his jersey number, number 13. You’re supposed to give a good amount of charity each and every year. [93] "I think they were just exchanging some views on things", manager Terry Francona said. [42] In 2004, he appeared in 32 games for Pawtucket, hitting .258 with three home runs, and a .347 on-base percentage, before being called up to the Red Sox on May 15.[43]. Youkilis said, "I'm not worried about making the error. [14], Yet, when asked what he liked about Youkilis, former Boston scout Matt Haas said: "At first glance, not a lot. "[84] Youkilis hit two doubles (both in Game 1) and had three walks in only 12 plate appearances in the 4-game win over Colorado, as he was not in the starting lineup for the away games. [107] He had to leave the team with a left ankle sprain, however, before the WBC semifinals. While virtually nobody else knew it, Youkilis broke his toe during spring training in 2005, and was back playing again in a matter of days. Due in part to the popularity of Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis has become something of a cult hero. [185][186], At one point, the University of Cincinnati expressed interest in renaming its Marge Schott Stadium to "Kevin Youkilis Field at Marge Schott Stadium," after Youkilis. Youkilis runs a charity called Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids. "[110], Youkilis was picked to be a reserve on the AL 2009 All-Star team by Tampa Bay and AL manager Joe Maddon, after coming in second in the fan vote to Mark Teixeira, 3,309,050–3,069,906. [32], In 2002, Youkilis appeared in 15 games for Augusta, in 76 games for the Sarasota Sox (40 of them at first base),[33] and in 44 games for the Trenton Thunder. Youkilis made an appearance in season 1 episode 8 of the Travel Channel show Man v. Food. [22][37][38] Later, he earned a spot on the Eastern League All-Star team, the Baseball America AA All-Star team, and on the U.S. roster for the 2003 All-Star Futures Game. Moneyball Players: Where Are They Now? [143] The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox on June 24 for pitcher Zach Stewart and utility man Brent Lillibridge. This year he's fouling it off, or taking it to right field. He was one of three Jewish players in the 2008 All-Star Game, joining Braun and Kinsler, and one of three Jewish players on the Team USA 2009 World Baseball Classic team, joining Braun and Grabow. [113] On August 8, he again played left field, and made a couple of twists and turns on a fly ball hit by Johnny Damon before committing an error. His manager Terry Francona said, "He's taking more of what the pitchers give him, using the whole field. "It's a great first year, a year you probably can't top. "[59], On the Red Sox Opening Day roster for the first time in his career in 2005, Youkilis found himself on the way back down to Pawtucket on April 13 as the team needed to activate Curt Schilling, and Youkilis happened to still have minor league options; but told that he would be back, Youkilis decided to keep his Boston apartment and commute to Pawtucket. As Youkilis observed, "Fighting off pitches, fouling off pitches, laying off pitches, making it so the opposing pitcher can't breathe; that's my job. [96], In late July, Manny Ramirez was traded away by the Red Sox. In 2006, his first full season in the majors, Youkilis became a regular first baseman (with 127 games at first). Other big names: Doug Glanville, Kevin Youkilis, Carlton Fisk, and HANK AARON. He was called "roly-poly" by his high school coach, "pudgy" by his college coach, a "fat kid" by general manager Billy Beane, and a "thicker-bodied guy" by the Red Sox scout who recruited him. On August 2, Youkilis' season was cut short by a right thumb abductor muscle tear, which he had played through for two weeks. Beane knew this, of course, and it's why he wanted Youkilis so bad. [23], Youkilis spent the 2003–04 winter in Mexico, playing for Navojoa of the Mexican Pacific League. "[194], After the first game of the ALDS, Youkilis re-shaved his head for good luck in a sign of solidarity with cancer patient Mitt Campbell. In his minor league career through 2005, he batted .299 with a .442 OBP while playing 340 games at third base, 59 at first base, and 2 at second base. 35 in 2011. On August 8, 2005, while playing for the Red Sox, Youkilis took the field in the 9th inning along with Adam Stern and Gabe Kapler, setting a record for the most Jewish players on the field at one time in AL history, and the most in Major League Baseball history since four Jewish players took the field for the New York Giants in a game in 1941.[174]. [8][9][10] His father was born to a Jewish family, while his mother, a native of West Virginia, converted to Judaism after her marriage. I don't know. [3] UC coach Brian Cleary spotted Youkilis at a winter camp. Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe called it "the most difficult decision any American League manager has had to make in the 34-year history of the DH". You have the hitter. Youkilis was also mentioned in the 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. [71] On August 30, Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain threw a pair of 98 mph pitches over Youkilis's head; Chamberlain was ejected, and later also suspended two games for "inappropriate actions. He was also 2nd in extra base hit percentage (12.2% of all plate appearances) and tied for 7th in times advanced from first to third on a single (14). WATCH VIDEOS. Yes: the Greek god of walks was now hitting a few more home runs. Kevin Youkilis : biography March 15, 1979 – "In my religion, the Jewish religion, that’s one of the biggest things that’s taught, is giving a mitzvah, forming a mitzvah", said Youkilis. "I got about four hours of sleep. [152][153] He became a free agent after the 2012 season. "[52] In mid-July he was sent back down to AAA, however, to make room for Ramiro Mendoza, though he was brought up again towards the end of the season.[53][54]. Ironically, Youkilis never led a season in walks at any point his career, finishing just once in the top ten in drawing walks (2006, where he had 91). [25][26], In 2019, he was named to the inaugural Conference USA Hall of Fame class. Kevin Youkilis roster status changed by Boston Red Sox. "[14] Cleary, noting how driven Youkilis was to succeed, told his father: "Your son's going to be a millionaire some day. [133] At the time of his injury, he was tied for 3rd in the major leagues in runs scored (77), and led all major leaguers with a .798 slugging percentage against left-handed pitchers. 36 jersey number (2015), Sycamore High School retired his No. "I'd love to tell you I saw something no one else did, but he was just better than what we had. In the book Lewis refers to Youkilis as "Euclis: The Greek God of Walks" and re… “I was always taught as a kid giving to charity. In today’s game of baseball there seem to be two types of offensive players. "I looked at him and said, Well, we need somebody", said Cleary. [140] For the season, he led all AL third basemen in fielding percentage, at .967. [169][170], —former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, referring to his nickname, the "Greek God of Walks", Lewis also revealed that Beane repeatedly tried to trade for Youkilis before Youkilis reached the major leagues, but his attempts were blocked by then-Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. He went 3-4 with two doubles in the game.[150][151]. Or Bonds-like. You're supposed to give a good amount of charity each and every year. Printer-friendly. 13 jersey number (2017), Conference USA Hall of Fame (inducted 2019), Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 07:20. There is a path for Triston Casas to come up in 2021, Red Sox avoid arbitration with Rafael Devers. (Oddly, Forst predicted that it would in that same 2007 interview.) [175] He joined, among other Jewish major leaguers, Ryan Braun, Brad Ausmus, Ian Kinsler, Brian Horwitz, Gabe Kapler, Jason Marquis, Jason Hirsh, John Grabow, Craig Breslow, and Scott Schoeneweis. "[6] Youkilis was named to the Sporting News' list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball, ranking No. [204], "Sometimes this is more than a game. The 35-year-old Youkilis spent most of his 10-year career with the Red Sox, playing for the club's World Series championship teams in 2004 and '07. 38 on the list. Who just happened to have hit into some power last year. If I have to take a seat, that's just the way it has to be. Dreams are for real. "- Tupac Shakur. A panel of 21 MLB executives was polled to arrive at the list.[132]. Youkilis had a career-high 23-game hitting streak starting on May 5, 2007, and ending on June 2, 2007, in which he hit .426 (43–101) with 13 doubles, 6 HRs, 21 RBIs, and a .468 OBP. It can make a huge difference. Youkilis did not end up in Montreal as part of the Cliff Floyd deal, only to be shipped off to Oakland after, and if you're a Red Sox fan, that's a good thing. The home run would not have cleared the fence at any of the other 29 ballparks in baseball. In the book, Lewis discusses then-prospect Youkilis in detail, and refers to him as "Euclis, the Greek God of Walks", a moniker that has stuck. "I don't know how he do it. "[57] He was on the roster for the Red Sox for the 2004 American League Division Series (ALDS), making his sole appearance in Game 2 against the Anaheim Angels. "Omar, he's a nobody. Youkilis was drafted in the eighth round of the 2001 draft. "Watching baseball is not something I like to do. "I was always taught as a kid giving to charity. You ... feel like there's somebody out there somewhere pushing balls out for you, and doing great things. Slowed by his injury, he had only 362 at-bats, but batted .307/.411/.564 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs. Now, teams appreciate what that means. [97] Youkilis took over the cleanup spot of the lineup. He was named Red Sox Minor League Player of the Year. [149] White Sox manager Robin Ventura reported that Youkilis was a competitor with a "grinder mentality", who fit in well with his White Sox teammates. Youkilis had high on-base percentages, and, like Jason Giambi before him in Beane's mind, was expected to develop power that had to that point remained unseen, in part thanks to his patience and his ability to wear down pitchers, a la another friend of Red Sox Nation, Scott Hatteberg. He was 3rd in the AL in on-base percentage (.411), tied for 5th in walks (58), tied for 7th in extra-base hits (50), 8th in slugging percentage (.564), and 9th in total bases (204). [6][16], Youkilis was inducted into the Sycamore Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. [182], He expressed interest in playing for Israel at the 2013 World Baseball Classic, if healthy. He had an extreme crouch—his thighs were almost parallel to the ground. But the more I watched him, the more I just thought, 'Throw the tools out the window. “In my religion, the Jewish religion, that’s one of the biggest things that’s taught, is giving a mitzvah, forming a mitzvah,” said Youkilis. [86] In February 2008, he signed a one-year contract for $3 million, avoiding salary arbitration. Following the discovery, the sites manually adjusted the urls to remove the inadvertent ethnic slur. [22] In 2005 with Boston, Youkilis hit .278 with a .400 on-base percentage in 79 at-bats in 44 games during five stints with the team. [180] Through the 2018 season, his .382 on base percentage placed him 5th on the career all-time list of Jewish major leaguers (directly behind Al Rosen), his .478 slugging percentage placed him 6th (behind Shawn Green), his 254 doubles and 618 career RBIs placed him 7th (behind Mike Lieberthal for doubles, and behind Al Rosen for RBIs), his 150 home runs tied him for 7th with Lieberthal (behind Al Rosen), and his 539 walks placed him 8th behind Ryan Braun.[181]. A rookie reserve on the 2004 team, Youkilis was a core member by the time the Red Sox won it all in '07. And it's not just because I went 3-for-4, or had a great game. Kevin Youkilis Edition, Red Sox reportedly close to deal with Martín Pérez, Daily Red Sox Links: Martín Pérez, Jhonny Pereda, Maybelle Blair. [34] He hit .310, with eight home runs and 80 RBIs for the year, and he was voted Trenton's "Player of the Year. He … [76] In 2007, Youkilis was 6th in the AL with 15 hit by pitch (HBP). He is currently a special assistant to the Chicago Cubs and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. I'm happy. Coincidence? [139] At the All-Star break, he was 3rd in the league in doubles (26), 4th in on-base percentage (.399), 6th in RBIs (63), 7th in OPS (.911), and 9th in walks (49). [24] In 2015, the University of Cincinnati retired his No. The deal also included a team option (at $14 million, with a $1.25 million buyout) for 2013. Writing for ESPN, John Sickels evaluated him as follows in mid-2003: Youkilis is an on-base machine. Tied for third with 16 hit by pitch ( HBP ) [ 141 ] however, he.! 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