Beane put more stock in empirical evidence than in scouts' hunches, and did not care that Youkilis was pudgy (or, as Lewis put it in the book, "a fat third baseman who couldn't run, throw, or field"), but just loved his ability to get on base (helped in no small part by the ballplayer's 20/11 vision). " During his first major-league game in Toronto, with his parents watching from the second row behind the dugout, Youkilis (in his second at bat) homered against 1996 Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen, becoming just the seventh player in team history to hit a home run in his first game.  He did this despite struggling in the second half of the season with plantar fasciitis and a problematic abdominal muscle.. You have the hitter. Viewing rookie Will Middlebrooks as the superior third baseman, Valentine began to play Middlebrooks over Youkilis. " 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. Kevin Edmund Youkilis (/ˈjuːkəlɪs/; born March 15, 1979), nicknamed "Youk" /ˈjuːk/, is an American former professional baseball first baseman and third baseman, who primarily played for the Boston Red Sox. became a commonplace term; being seen on T-shirts, bumper stickers, and advertising. " 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. The phrase represents Youkilis' nickname but also replicates the phonetic spelling of the low, drawn out, guttural cheer that Red Sox fans in attendance would greet Youkilis with as he walked toward the batter's box prior to hitting or after a successful play in the field. Youkilis' swing is tailored for the line drive, and he may never hit for much home run power.  He had surgery to repair the tear on August 6.  In 21 games, Youkilis batted .215 with one home run with 11 RBIs. ", Youkilis was named the Jewish MVP for 2008, beating out fellow All-Stars Braun and Kinsler. "Omar, he's a nobody. 86 walks (against just 40 strikeouts), and a .953 OPS, and tied for third with 16 hit by pitch. A panel of 21 MLB executives was polled to arrive at the list.  He hit .310, with eight home runs and 80 RBIs for the year, and he was voted Trenton's "Player of the Year.  At one point during the hitting streak, he had 9 straight games with at least two hits (tying a Red Sox record set by Jim Rice in 1978), and became the first Red Sox hitter since Trot Nixon to hit an inside-the-park home run. Without changing out of the same white pants that he wore for both Boston and Pawtucket home games, he packed his car, drove the 40 miles (64 km) to Boston, walked into the Red Sox clubhouse, changed his jersey and cleats, and was ready to play.. 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This unintended quirk affected those sites that used an automatic url-creating algorithm which combined the first five letters of a player's surname with the first two letters of his first name. , In 2007, Youkilis had earned $424,500, the fourth-lowest salary on the club. I don't know. , In the ALCS Game 5 vs. the Tampa Bay Rays, the Red Sox were down by seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. 35 on the list. In today’s game of baseball there seem to be two types of offensive players. Before Game 4 of the 2008 World Series, he was named the winner of the AL Hank Aaron Award for the best offensive performance of the 2008 season. " Cleary, noting how driven Youkilis was to succeed, told his father: "Your son's going to be a millionaire some day. FTFA: Youkilis, 28, is a bald, bearded god of perseverance, professionalism and hard work. " He signed for a mere $12,000 signing bonus. 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.. During the offseason the Red Sox acquired All-Star first baseman Adrián González, and with the imminent departure of Adrián Beltré, Youkilis agreed to the make the switch back to third base. '" But according to his father, "Kevin disliked that 'Greek God of Walks' stuff." 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Kelly Athletics Hall Of Fame (inducted 2007), 2006–08 Most consecutive errorless games by a first baseman (238 games), Sycamore Athletic Hall of Fame (inducted 2008), University of Cincinnati retired his No.  For the season, he led all AL third basemen in fielding percentage, at .967. 'Happy Passover,' he'll throw something at me. "It's frustrating not being able to play", he said.  "He was kind of a square-shaped body, a guy [who] in a uniform didn't look all that athletic", Cleary said. 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. There is a path for Triston Casas to come up in 2021, Red Sox avoid arbitration with Rafael Devers. 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. "I don't know how he do it. Boston Red Sox star Kevin Youkilis will be answering fan’s questions on Westinghouse Digital’s Facebook fan page throughout the month of September.  He was selected as the Red Sox most valuable player (winner of the 2009 Thomas A. Yawkey Memorial Award) in voting by the Boston Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Draft: Drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 8th round of the 2001 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH). Kevin Youkilis.  Asked, however, about the focus in position-playing baseball on five-tool players, Youkilis quipped, "I don't even know if I have a tool.". That's positively Ruthian. During his time with Pawtucket, Youkilis managed to complete a streak he started while in Portland: he reached base in 71 consecutive games, tying future teammate Kevin Millar's minor-league record for consecutive games reaching base. It was "in Vero Beach", Youkilis said. May 16, 2012: sent 3B Kevin Youkilis on a rehab assignment to Pawtucket Red Sox. Dubbed "Euclis, The Greek God of Walks," the Red Sox third-base prospect was made larger than life in Michael Lewis' best-selling book. , In 2018, Youkilis was inducted into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. 36 on the list in 2009, No. Due in part to the popularity of Moneyball, Kevin Youkilis has become something of a cult hero. BREAKING NEWS George Whitmore, pioneering mountain climber from Fresno, dies at 89.  The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the Chicago White Sox on June 24 for pitcher Zach Stewart and utility man Brent Lillibridge. He had an extreme crouch—his thighs were almost parallel to the ground.  He became a free agent after the 2012 season. , In August 2016, Youkilis, along with his brother Scott, purchased the Los Gatos Brewing Company, and re-opened it as the Loma Brewing Company, a brewpub in Los Gatos, California. ", He was the AL's starter at first base on the 2008 AL All-Star team that played the 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, voted in by the fans with 2,858,130 votes in his first year on the ballot. Youkilis was also mentioned in the 2003 book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis. Youkilis said, "I'm not worried about making the error. He went 3-4 with two doubles in the game..  ESPN reported that: "questions about his defense and power with wood kept him out of the top part of the draft.  Youkilis said, "It doesn't bother me.  Only Youkilis and Morneau were named on all ballots. Easily move forward or backward to get to the perfect spot. "There was just a Hooters outfit and shoes. In, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, batting average with runners in scoring position, Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, "Youkilis Sets New Consecutive Error-Free Games Record", "Getting áced: The Five Best Jewish Players In Baseball Today", "Making a Name for Himself: Kevin Youkilis has become a folk hero in Boston", "Burning desire: Youkilis's fiery displays are embraced by some, loathed by others, but he won't change approach", "Kevin Youkilis's Jewish Roots Provoke Fascination", "How Will Jewish Ballplayers Handle the Yom Kippur Quandry? (Oddly, Forst predicted that it would in that same 2007 interview.) He finished his career with a .9975 fielding percentage at first base (as of 2020, 2nd all-time, 0.001 behind Casey Kotchman), and a .991 fielding percentage overall. Moneyball Players: Where Are They Now? A fat Double-A third baseman who is the Greek god of walks.  "He had a great eye ... he hardly ever struck out looking", said Brad Meador, UC's associate head coach. Youkilis runs a charity called Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids. Dubbed “Euclis, The Greek God of Walks,” the Red Sox third-base prospect was made larger than life in Michael Lewis’ best-selling book. If not for his intangible attributes, he would not be enjoying a breakout season. BOSTON -- FormerBoston Red Soxinfielder Kevin Youkilis--"The Greek God of Walks" -- is walking away from the game, his agent said Thursday. Youkilis has been part of two championship teams in Boston, as he picked up 248 plate appearances in his rookie season of 2004, hitting .260/.367/.413 in his part-time role.  He excelled despite a physique that led many observers to underestimate his athletic ability. Moneyball "Reality is wrong.  Of the players with 1,000 plate appearances in the AL over the 2008–09 seasons, none had a higher OPS than Youkilis (.960). I got in there, and man, I was just amped up and excited. "It was frustrating to hear fans say, 'Get a walk!'" "Watching baseball is not something I like to do. Youkilis started the 2003 season with the AA Portland Sea Dogs, where he earned a spot on the 2003 Eastern League All-Star team. I'm worried about trying to help the team win and trying to get an out any way we can. ", During the period between his junior and senior years, he played in the Cape Cod League for the Bourne Braves, finishing sixth in the league in batting average.  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). ", 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. , After the 2002 season, Boston's then-assistant general manager, Theo Epstein, sent Youkilis to the Athletes' Performance Institute in Tempe, Arizona, where he engaged in an intensive six-week training regimen. According to Moneyballers, there is no such thing as "intangibles." He went 1–4 with a single in a loss. , In 2001, Youkilis made his professional debut as a third baseman with the Lowell Spinners, a Short-Season A Class franchise in the New York–Penn League.  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.. , —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. In 2006, his first full season in the majors, Youkilis became a regular first baseman (with 127 games at first). He made the adjustments he had to make. Youkilis was nicknamed the Greek God of Walks by A’s general manager Billy Beane, who appreciated Youkilis’ rare patience at the plate as a minor-leaguer and …  White Sox manager Robin Ventura reported that Youkilis was a competitor with a "grinder mentality", who fit in well with his White Sox teammates. 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. An intense performer on the playing field, Youkilis was known for his scrappiness, grittiness, dirt-stained jerseys, home-plate collisions, and his strange batting stance. " Honored by the Spinners with a "Youkilis bobblehead night", Youkilis said: "It's an honor—you know you've made it when you get a bobblehead of yourself. , On October 30, 2014, Youkilis announced his retirement from baseball. "Scott Proctor hit me in the head. 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). , In 2003, Youkilis started the season with the Portland Sea Dogs. , Later, Youkilis was swept up in the team's ritual annual hazing, in which he and other rookies were made to wear skimpy Hooters waitress outfits, orange satin shorts and tight, clingy white tank tops, for the team trip from Canada through US Customs in Florida. His manager Terry Francona said, "He's taking more of what the pitchers give him, using the whole field. Youkilis' Jewish great-great-great-grandfather, a native of 19th-century Romania, moved to Greece at the age of 16 to avoid conscription at the hands of the notoriously anti-Semitic Cossacks. There's no way he’d last that long now. Moneyball (2011) - Yarn is the best way to find video clips by quote. " In 2020, Bearcats pitcher Nathan Moore along with Youkilis called for the university to remove Schott's name from the stadium. Omar has no idea who Youkilis is.  Although the hit streak ended on June 2, he did walk three times in an 11–6 win over the Yankees. “I was always taught as a kid giving to charity. , Youkilis batted cleanup for Team USA in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, tying for the lead among all WBC players in home runs (3) and runs (9), and tying for second on the team in RBIs (6) and walks (6), through the first two rounds. "He has skills, man", said David Ortiz. " 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. Former Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis is retiring, his agent says. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox, and the New York Yankees. 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 June of that year the university's board of trustees voted unanimously to remove Schott's name from the stadium, effective immediately. 38 in 2010, and No. 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.  Twelve months after the Boston Herald article, the wedded Youkilises, along with their infant son, were featured in a 30-minute program on the YES Network. , 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. 15-yr client, Kevin Youkilis, after deep thought about family and health, is calling it a career. , Youkilis finished third in the balloting for the 2008 AL MVP Award, receiving two first-place votes (one from Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News), while his teammate Dustin Pedroia won and Justin Morneau came in second. , In 2019, he was named to the inaugural Conference USA Hall of Fame class. 38 on the list. On May 18, 2010, Youkilis hit his 100th career home run off CC Sabathia. Following the team's 2007 World Series victory, Youkilis shaved his goatee for a $5,000 donation by Gillette to his foundation. He was strong.  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. 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. Youkilis's foundation focuses on raising support and awareness for the health, advocacy, safety, and medical healing of children across Massachusetts, in his hometown of Cincinnati, and beyond. He's going to work the count about as good as any hitter in baseball. ", In 2009, Youkilis was 2nd in the AL in OBP (.413) and OPS (.961), 4th in hit by pitch (16), 5th in slugging percentage (.548), and batted .305 overall and .362 with runners in scoring position. ", Youkilis is Jewish and had a Bar Mitzvah at a Conservative synagogue. He ultimately played 43 more games for Pawtucket in 2005 before being called up permanently.  "I think they were just exchanging some views on things", manager Terry Francona said. OTM Mailbag 1/17: Is it really selling low? 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".  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. Other big names: Doug Glanville, Kevin Youkilis, Carlton Fisk, and HANK AARON. He saw an average of 4.68 pitches per plate appearance, the most of any Red Sox player with at least 50 at-bats. Any time we said anything to him, he was already a step ahead. ", "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'm playing in a World Series. Kevin Youkilis Beane saw something special in Kevin Youkilis (photos) and coveted him for the A's. 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. ", "I've seen Youkilis in the shower, and I wouldn't call him the Greek god of anything.  Youkilis threw his helmet at the fast back-pedaling Porcello, and Porcello tackled Youkilis, both went down, and both benches cleared. I'm playing every day. , 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).  He also reached base safely by hit or walk in 46 consecutive games (the third-longest such streak in the minor leagues). "His college performance was off the charts. Though Youkilis had not been popular with members of the Yankees and their fans, Robinson Canó and Alex Rodriguez publicly supported the signing, and Joba Chamberlain reached out to Youkilis in an attempt to smooth over their past differences.  He hit his first home run as a member of the White Sox on July 3, against the Texas Rangers off of Roy Oswalt. Beane knew this, of course, and it's why he wanted Youkilis so bad. " His .436 on-base percentage was the fifth-highest in the minors in 2002, and his 80 walks were seventh-most.  Youkilis has described his father as a "well-known third baseman in the Jewish Community Center fast-pitch softball league.  Since the 2013 qualifier was during the regular season, he was unable to compete, but he announced that he would play for the team if they made it past the qualifying round.  In 29 postseason games, he batted .306 (34-for-111) with 22 runs, 9 doubles, 6 home runs, 17 RBIs and 13 walks. "That was for him", Youkilis said. , On August 6, 2009, with the Red Sox suffering numerous injuries, Youkilis played left field for the first time since he played 18 games there in 2006.  UC coach Brian Cleary spotted Youkilis at a winter camp. The Red Sox agreed to pay $5.5 million of Youkilis' salary to help close the deal. , Youkilis hit a walk off home run against the Yankees on April 24, 2009. On December 11, Youkilis accepted a one-year contract worth $12 million to play third base for the New York Yankees.  Both players were tossed from the game, and each received a five-game suspension. He …  Despite his inexperience in the outfield, Youkilis did not commit an error while in the outfield; he did, however, commit eight errors while playing the infield. , In an early June game at Fenway Park, one camera reportedly showed Manny Ramirez taking a swing at Youkilis, and the two had to be separated by teammates in the Red Sox dugout. He was referred to as the “Greek God of Walks” and was a player that … 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.  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. 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. , Kevin Youkilis Hits For Kids is a charitable organization established by Youkilis in 2007. Or Bonds-like. A rookie reserve on the 2004 team, Youkilis was a core member by the time the Red Sox won it all in '07. Youkilis was drafted in the eighth round of the 2001 draft. I just think he's a really smart guy who had a great feel for what he had to do. , "Teams didn’t appreciate performance as much then as they do now", observed Red Sox VP of Player Personnel Ben Cherington eight years later. " Promoted from Lowell towards the end of the season, he played five games with the Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League, a Low-A Class league. Kevin Youkilis became the icon of the era; he didn't swing at a 3-0 pitch his entire career. 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