Oct 13, 2015

2015 NLDS Game #3: Mets Set Franchise Post Season Record With 13 Runs - Take 2 Games to 1 Series Lead

October 12th, 2015: Citi Field - Queens, New York:

Tonight marks the first post season game in the history of Citi Field.

The first for the Mets since Carlos Beltran left a bat on his shoulder for the final out of the 2006 NLCS.

1973 NLCS Mets star; Rusty Staub recovering from a recent heart attack threw out the ceremonial first pitch to get things going.

A full house came out to cheer on the Mets & show their support for Ruben Tejada. He got a huge ovation upon his pre game introduction as he came out walking with  a cane. The Met fans also came out to scream their frustrations at the Dodgers & public enemy #1l Chased Utless.

Terry Collins sent Matt Harvey (13-8 / 2.71 ERA / 188 Ks) to the mound, in his first post season start. It all came down to this for Harvey, in his short but very news worthy career.

It started in 2013, as he exploded on the scene as the next Mets phenom pitcher who would hopefully turn the organization around. He then started the All Star Game at home in Citi Field.  At the end of that August he had arm troubles & then needed the dreaded Tommy John surgery.

First he said no then two months later chose to go through with it. He then chose to rehab in New York to be near the team & missed all of 2014. Harvey then makes his triumphant return starting out 5-1. He then runs into some troubled starts & the Mets try to limit his innings, going with a six man rotation. 

Harvey gets better the Mets are in a pennant race & his agent says he should be limited to 180 innings period. Harvey does nothing to extinguish the fire.

The fans let him have it, with deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz & Wheeler on the staff, Harvey is not the only show in town. He then speaks out & says he will pitch in the post season, takes the ball & earns the win in the Mets NL East clincher...........

The Dodgers Don Mattingly sent Brett Anderson (10-9 / 3.69 ERA / 116 Ks) to the mound.

Harvey was not himself tonight, a shaky 2nd inning saw L.A. score three runs on four straight hits. Yasmani Grandal who had not gotten a hit with runners in scoring position in what seemed like forever, came through clearing the bases. But these Mets answered right away.

Yoenis Cespedes singled on a grounder to Jimmy Rollins. Lucas Duda also singled. The Mets fans came back to life, making lots of noise. Travis d'Arnaud then singled home the Mets first run scoring Cespedes. Wilmer Flores then singled as well. Curtis Granderson, The Grandyman delivered with a bases clearing double off the right center field wall, putting New York ahead.

In the home 3rd, Cespedes singled again & Travis d'ARnaud followed with a long HR to left field putting the Mets up 6-3.

In the 4th Juan Lagares doubled to start things off. With two outs Don Mattingly chose to walk David Wright & pitch to Daniel Murphy. Murph came through again, driving in Lagares with a base hit.

Then Yoenis Cespedes launched a tremendous HR into the second deck in left field, an estimated 425 feet, putting the Mets up 10-3.

Citi Field went wild, as Cespedes came out for an old fashioned Mets curtain call. Cespedes had three hits, a HR & 3 RBIs.

With the big lead the Mets fans began to chant "We want Utley"!!!

Harvey pitched with heart, 5 innings, 3 runs, 7 hits, 7 Ks & 2 walks. He was relieved by Bartolo Colon who to the delight of the Citi Faithful, struck out the side in his first  inning of work.

The Mets added to the rout tacking on three more runs in the 7th inning. Travis d'Arnaud stated off with his third hit of the night. Wilmer Flores & Juan Lagares both walked & Michael Conforto came through with a pinch hit sac fly.

After JP Howell through a high tight one to Curtis Granderson, he answered with another shot off the wall. This one to left field driving in two more runs, bringing his RBI total to five on the night. He tied Rusty Staub's franchise record for most RBI's in a post season game. It was now 13-4 Mets, setting a Mets  record for most runs in a post season game.

In the 9th Eric Goddel couldn't put it away allowing a three run HR to Howie Kendrick, Jeurys Fanilia had to come on & close it out.

Mets took a two games to one lead with the 13-7 win. The twenty runs is an NLDS record.


Oct 12, 2015

Remembering Mets History :1973 World Series Game #2: Mets Win A Wild Classic In 12 Innings

Sunday, October 14th 1973: World Series Game #2- Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland California 

Legendary NBC Broadcaster Gurt Gowdy, covering today's game with Tony Kubek & Monty Moore described this as "one of the longest & weirdest games in World Series history".

At the time it broke a record for longest World Series game; taking four hours & thirteen minutes to play the 12 innings. The bright California afternoon sun ,was a horror for the fielders trying to catch fly balls. 

The Oakland A's would use six pitchers & a total of 21 players today, making five errors in the game. The Mets would use five pitchers & 17 total players, making one error.

49, 151 fans came out to watch the Oakland A's take on the New York Mets. The A's were in their traditional Sunday home white uniforms today, as the one & only Bob Hope threw out the first pitch from A's owner; Charlie Finley's private box.

Bob Hope Tosses Out First Pitch in Game #2

1973 NBC World Series Broadcasters
Curt Gowdy, Monte Moore & Tony Kubek

1973 World Series Game #2 Starting Lineups

The starters were left hander Jerry Koosman (14-15 / 2.84 ERA / 154 K's/ 12 complete games / 3 shut outs)  vs Oakland's left hander Vida Blue (20-9 / 3.28 ERA / 158 Ks / 13 complete games / 4 shut outs).

Both starters had their troubles today; The A's scored first getting two runs off Kooz right away, in the 1st inning.

Joe Rudi doubled with one out & then team Captain; Sal Bando tripled scoring Joe Rudi. Then with two out & two on, Jesus Alou singled bringing in Bando.

The Mets responded as one of the Mets hottest hitters down the stretch; Cleon Jones hit a HR to deep right field putting New York on the board. It was Jones' first World Series HR, he had hit one in the 1969 NLCS.

Cleon Jones Greeted by John Milner After Hitting HR

In the bottom of the 2nd, Bert Campaneris, the Mets main pesty problem during the Series, tripled and was driven home by Joe Rudi.
Wayne Garrett's 3rd Inning HR
The Mets came back with a run in the bottom of the 3rd, as Wayne Garrett, who hit 16 HRs on the regular season, blasted a HR to right.

In the bottom of the 3rd, Gene Tenace walked & Jesus Alou singled. Ray Fossee then reached on an error by Jerry Koosman on a throw to first base. Manager Yogi Berra had seen enough, Koos didn't have it today.

Berra brought in veteran Ray Sadecki (5-4 / one save / 3.39 ERA / 87 Ks in 116 innings). Next, Tenace got caught up between thirs & home & was tagged out in the run down. Sadecki then got Dick Green to strike out ending the threat. He struck out two batters in the 4th inning, retiring the side in order.

The game remained that way, going into the 6th inning with the A's leading 3-2.

In the top of the 6th, Cleon Jones walked & John Milner singled to right field. Dick Williams lifted Vida Blue & brought in the side arm throwing Horatio Pina (6-3 / 8 saves/ 2.76 ERA).

Next up, catcher Jerry Grote was hit by a pitch. There was concern since Grote had broken his wrist in the same spot earlier in the year. The tough catcher grinned & bared it, taking his base, shrugging off his manager Berra & the trainer.

Jones Scores on Don Hahn's Infield Hit
Next, Don Hahn got an infield hit, with a short grounder to Bando at third base. Bando tried to bare hand it but came up empty, as Cleon Jones who broke on contact, scored to tie the game. Short stop; Bud Harrelson singled to right field scoring Milner & the Mets were ahead 4-3.

Yogi Berra sent up pinch hitter; Jim Beauchamp to bat for Ed Kranepool. Dick Williams brought in Darold Knowles (6-8 / 9 saves / 3.09 ERA) to pitch to Beauchamp, who grounded a ball to the pitcher. But Knowles botched the play & threw wildly to home plate in an attempt to get the force play. In the vast Oakland Coliseum, with the most foul territory in all of baseball, Grote & Hahn both scored and the Mets led 6-3.

Tug McGraw pitches Six Innings of Relief
Tug McGraw came on to pitch in the home 6th, and would pitch for six innings as the game went to extra innings. 

In the A's 7th, McGraw hit Bert Campaneris in the helmet with a pitch. He was dazed but reached base & stole third base after Joe Rudi had walked. McGraw got Sal Bando looking at a slow screwball for out number two. Then Reggie Jackson's bat woke up as he doubled to right field scoring Campy, making it a 6-4 Mets lead.

In the top of the 9th, Rusty Staub singled & Willie Mays was brought in to pinch run. John Milner singled but Grote & Hahn were bother retired by John "blue moon" Odom (5-12 / 4.49 ERA) who had come on in the 8th inning.

Hahn & Mays Make Defensive Switch
In the bottom of the 9th, Manager Berra made some defensive changes, he put Willie Mays (who seemed as surprised as anyone) in center & moved Don Hahn over to right.

The first batter pinch hitter Deron Johnson, hit a fly ball to Mays in center. Mays lost the ball in the sun, stumbled & Johnson had a double. Track star, Alan Lewis came in to run for Johnson, he was the teams designated runner. It was heartbreaking for all America, to watch the once great Willie Mays fumble in the outfield.

Don Hahn Singles
McGraw struck out Campaneris & got Rudi to ground out. But with two outs, he walked Sal Bando. Then Reggie Jackson singled scoring Lewis & Gene Tenace singled bringing in Bando to tie the game. 

The Oakland crowd, who were accused by the players of being too quiet in Game #1, responded by screaming & going wild. Jesus Alou then grounded out to the pitcher & it was on to Sunday afternoon extra innings.

McGraw kept the A's quiet over the next two innings. Rollie Fingers (7-8 / 22 saves / 1.92 ERA) came in for Oakland, as two best of the best relievers in baseball were in the spotlight against each other.

In the Mets 10th, Bud Harrelson  led off with a single to centerfield & was sacrificed over by McGraw. Wayne Garrett reached on an error sending Harrelson to third base.

Then the drama, in one of the most remembered & controversial plays in Mets history occurred.

Felix Millan hit a flyball to short left field, as Bud Harrelson got ready & tagged up at third. Left fielder; Joe Rudi made the play & fired the ball home to catcher Ray Fosse. But Rudi's throw was up the line in foul territory

Willie Mays Cant Believe the Call

Everyone in America expected Bud Harrelson to slide including home plate Umpire; Augie Donatelli. He set up in the wrong spot &  fell down trying to adjust to see the play.
A's Catcher; Ray Fosse took the ball & attempted to swipe his glove with a tag on Harrelson. Fosse never touched him & it appeared the Mets broke the deadlock.

But Umpire Donatelli who was on lying on the floor couldn't see the play correctly & called Harrelson out. The Mets went wild, on deck batter Willie Mays fell to his knees pleading, how could you miss the call. He argued the call from his knees, in one of the series' most famous scenes. 

Mets Manager Yogi Berra Comes Out
 To Argue Play with Umpire Augie Donatelli
Mets Manager; Yogi Berra came storming out of the dug out screaming 'He never touched him. You Missed the damn thing. You were expecting him to slide".

Harrelson jumped in the air & rolled around on the ground, jumped up & ran back to the home plate area, stating "you cant throw me out for you inadequacy". 

Third base coach Eddie Yost joined the contingent at home plate arguing the call & trying to keep Harrelson back. Berra, had been miced by MLB for the highlight reel, & p[lemty of beeps were heard in place of the cursing that was going on. He insisted to know "where did he tag him, where  did he tag him" & Donatelli replied "right here on the beep"!

The instant replay showed Fosse had missed the call. The broadcasters agreed but the game continued. Amazingly no one was ejected from the game.

The Mets got revenge in the top of the 12th. The Mets post season main character, Bud Harrelson led off with a double to right center field. Pitcher Tug McGraw, still in the game, reached on a bunt base hit. Willie Mays then came up and got what turned out to be the the last hit of his career.

Quotes: Willie Mays-“As I stepped into the batter’s box, I called time & said to Oakland catcher Ray Fosse- gee it’s tough to see the ball with that background. I hope he don’t throw me no fastballs. I don’t want to get hurt.”

Willie Mays Gets Last Hit of Career
Willie then waited on Rollie Fingers fastball and singled to center. "I just felt I couldn’t let those kids down. They hadn’t seen me when I was young, but they expected me to set an example.”

He brought home Harrelson, who stomped on the plate in front of home plate umpire Augie Donatelli, (as to say I'm safe this time) in what would be the game's winning run. Cleon Jones followed with a single loading up the bases.

A bizarre game would get even interesting, as another low profiled player, would become famous over night. Oakland reserve infielder Mike Andrews, had been brought into the game in the 8th inning, to play second base.

Tug McGraw
In the wild 12th inning, he let a John Milner ground ball go through his legs allowing Tug McGraw to score.

On the next play Jerry Grote hit another ground ball to Andrews, he played it cleanly but threw to first a bot off the mark, pulling first baseman Gene Tenace off the bag. Grote was safe & Cleon Jones scored, putting the Mets ahead 10-6.

(see article below for the full story on Mike Andrews )

In his sixth inning of work, Tug McGraw began to tire in the 10th inning. He allowed a Reggie Jackson triple & then walked Gene Tenace .

Yogi Berra came to the mound & brought in George Stone. Stone (12-3 / 2.80 ERA) who was sensational for the Mets during the regular season, was making what turned out to be his only World Series appearance.

Stone  gave up a base hit to Jesus Alou, allowing one run to score, but then put out the fire. He got Ray Fosse to ground out & then walked Mike Andrews.

With two on & the tying run at the plate, he got pinch hitter Vic Davillio to pop out to Millan. He then got the pesky Campaneris to ground out to Harrelson to end the game & earn a save.

The Mets won the crazy game 10-7, tying up the Series at one game each, heading back to New York & Shea Stadium.
After the game, A's owner Charley Finley was so furious at the two errors Mike Andrews committed, he made him sign a release form saying he was hurt & put him on the injured reserve list. The A's team rallied behind their team mate & threatened to forfeit the Series.

A's Manager Dick Williams was so fed up with the owner Charlie Finley's interfering with the team, announced to his club behind closed doors that he would not be back to manage in 1974.

MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, as well as Players Union head; Marvin Mitchell,  stepped in & made Finley place Mike Andrews back on the active roster. It was major news over the off day of the Series & set the stage for three classic nights at Shea Stadium.

1973 NL Champion Mets Long Time Mets Coach: Eddie Yost (1968-1977)

Edward Frederick Yost was born October 13, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York.

The five foot ten right hand hitter attended John Adams high school in Ozone Park Queens. He attended New York University in the late forties, eventually getting signed by the Washington Senators.

He skipped right over the minor leagues, playing seven brief games with the Senators before getting drafted into World War II. He arrived back from military service in 1946 and the following year became the Senators full time third baseman.

Yost became a fixture in Washington, spending fourteen seasons there (1944 / 1946-1958) playing over 150 games six times, while leading the league in games played three different times.

He once held the record with 2008 games played at the third base position up until the 1966 season. Yost was an excellent steady infielder, leading the league in put outs eight times, assists twice & fielding percentage once, while coming in runner up three other times.

His career fielding stats, put him in third place, all time at the third base position in put outs (2356). He is twelfth all time in games played at the position (2008) nineteenth all time in assists (3659) fortieth all time in errors (270) & eighty fourth all time in fielding (.957 %).

Although he was an excellent short stop, his best quality was his great eye & the ability to draw walks. He led the league in walks six times, earning the nickname “the Walking Man". During the decade of the fifties he led the league in walks six times, while drawing over 100 walks eight times in his career.

Yost averaged one walk per game, drawing 1614 walks in his career, good enough to be 11th on the all time list. He led the league in on base % twice (1959-1960) & led three times in getting on base (1950/1959-1960).

Yost posted on base percentages over .400 nine times in his eighteen season career, which is half his career. His career .394 on base % is 83rd all time, better than Hall of Famers with 3000 hits; like Rod Carew & Tony Gwynn.

He is 87th all time in getting on base with 3576 times on base. He was also in the top ten in getting hit by pitches nine times, coming in the top three five times, finishing with 99 hit by pitches (81st all time). Yost also scored over 100 runs five times in his career & led the league in that department in 1959 while in Detroit.

In 1950 Yost batted a career best .295, leading the league with 141 walks. He scored 114 runs, posting a .440 on base % (second in the league) coming in 20th in the MVP voting for the 5th place Senators.

The next year he led the league in doubles (36) batting .283 with a .423 on base %, earning more votes for the MVP. He would hit over 30 doubles four times in his career. In 1952 he made the All Star Team, leading the league in walks, at bats & plate appearances although he hit just .233.

The next season he improved to .272 with a .403 on base % while scoring 107 runs, leading the AL in walks gaining more votes for the MVP Award.

In all his years in Washington the Senators finished a best third just one time. At the end of the 1958 season, he was sent to the Detroit Tigers in a six player trade that sent Rocky Bridges & Neil Chrisley to the Tigers in exchange for Reno Bertoia, Jim Delsing & Ron Samford.

During Yost's first two years in Detroit he continued to lead the AL in both walks & on base percentage both years.

In 1959 he also led the league in runs (115) with a career high 21 HRs along with 19 doubles & 61 RBIs.

After two seasons in the Motor City he went to the expansion Los Angeles Angels getting drafted as the 26th player in the 1960 expansion draft. He played there for two seasons with the Angels finishing his playing career in 1962.

Yost played in 2109 lifetime games batting .254 with 1863 hits 337 doubles 56 triples 139 HRs 683 RBIs 1215 runs scored & a .394 on base percentage.

Coaching: He began his long coaching career as a player coach with the 1962 Angels, and then returned to Washington as the third-base coach for the Senators under his old teammate, Mickey Vernon.

Vernon was eventually replaced by Gil Hodges as manager, in between that time Yost served as the team's interim manager. The Senators lost in his only game at the helm. He remained on Gil Hodges staff and joined him in New York with the Mets in the 1968 season.

Eddie Yost was thrilled to be back in his native New York City with an exciting ball club. He would be the Mets third base coach for the next decade 1968- 1977.

He was on the coaching staff witnessing the miracle of 1969, the Pennant of the You Gotta Believe Season of 1973 to the start of the 1977 season when Shea Stadium became known as Grants Tomb. After Gil Hodges passed away in 1972, Yost served under manager's Yogi Berra, Roy McMillan & Joe Frazier’s years.

Quotes: Yost once said: “It’s nice to have the big crowds we get at Shea Stadium, but it can be tough on a coach. You can’t be heard by the man on second base.” If the runner had too big of a lead or if the infielders were circling him, Yost would move toward the runner as if to chase him back to the base.

After his Mets career, Yost continued coaching with the Boston Red Sox for another eight seasons from 1977 through 1984. Eddie then settled down and retired, but in 2009 he was on hand for some of the 40th anniversary celebrations of the 1969 Mets, at the age of 82.

Trivia: Yost attended New York University during the off-season where he earned a Master's degree in physical education.

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry was on a radio talk show claiming he was a big Red Sox fan growing up in Groton, Mass. and said Eddie Yost was his favorite player. The problem is that Eddie Yost never played for the Red Sox, he just coached from 1977-1984.

On October 16th 2012 Eddie Yost passed away at the age of 86 from cardiovascular disease.

He was survived by a son & two daughters.

Remembering The 1973 N.L. Champion Mets: The Drama of A's Second Baseman Mike Andrews in the 1973 World Series

Remembering the 42nd Anniversary of the 1973 N.L. Champion Mets

Michael Jay Andrews was born July 9th 1943 in Los Angeles; California. In 1966 the six foot three infielder, he came up with the Boston Red sox, under manager Dick Williams.

Andrews was the REd Sox main second baseman in their 1967 "Impossible Dream” club that won the pennant& lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a fine defensive second baseman and hit pretty well for infielders of his time. In that 67 season h batted .263 with 8 HRs 20 doubles 40 RBIs & 79 runs scored. In the World Series he hit .308 (4-13) driving in a run in the Sox 8-4 win at Fenway Park.

In 1969 he hit .293 with 15 HRs & 26 doubles making the AL All Star team. He followed up with career bests in HRs (17) doubles (28) hits (149) runs (91) & RBIs (65) in 1970.

After Dick Williams had left Boston as manager, Andrews found himself traded to the Chicago White Sox, along with Luis Alvarado for Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio, who was at the end of his career. Andrews would lead the AL secondbaseman in errors three straight seasons from 1971-1972. In April 1973, he became the first official designated hitter in White Sox history, but was released that July.

A's Manager Dick Williams at Shea Stadium:
1973 World Series
His old manager Dick Williams now manager of the World Champion Oakland A's recruited him. At the time, Oakland's main second baseman was the steady Dick Green. But in the strange world of Charley Finley's A's, Green was often pinch hit for late in games. Andrews was a good late inning hitter & substitute on the field, and a Williams’s favorite.

In 1973 Andrews hit only .190 in 18 games, and got into two games of the ALCS against the Baltimore Orioles going 0-1. In Game #2 of the 1973 World Series against the New York Mets, he pinch hit in the 8th inning grounding out for the third out. He went to second base as a defensive replacement for Green, in the ninth, with the Mets ahead 6-4. The A’s tied thescore in a wild game that just got crazier in extra innings.

In the top of the 12th Bud Harrelson doubled off Rollie Fingers and Mets pitcher; Tug McGraw got on with a bunt base hit. Fingers got the next two outs, but then Willie Mays singled with the last hit of his career, to score Harrelson, putting the Mets ahead.

The drama was just starting for Mike Andrews; with the bases loaded, Manager Williams removed fingers & brought in Paul Lindblad. He pitched to John Milner, who hit a ground ball to Andrews at second base. The ball went right through Andrews’s legs, as McGraw & Mays both scored.

The next batter, catcher Jerry Grote also hit a grounder to Andrews. He fielded it cleanly and threw to first base. But the throw pulled first baseman Gene Tenace off the bag, it was charged an the error, but certainly could have gone either way. Andrews set a World Series record making back to back errors in the same game. The Mets scored four runs in that inning, three due to Andres errors.

A's Owner Charlie Finley & His
Three World Series Trophies
In the bottom of the 12th, the A's got one run back but lost the game 10-7, as the series was tied up one game each. After the game, Andrews was called into the controversial A's owner Charlie Finley’s office.

Finley had an orthopedist doctor examine Andrews and pressured the player to sign a paper saying he had injured his shoulder. Finley then placed Andrews on the disable list and attempted to activate second baseman Manny Trillo.

The rest of the Oakland players were waiting almost an hour on the team bus for the airport, as Andrews & manager Williams were in this meeting. They eventually learned about what happened to Andrews on the flight to New York, with no Andrews aboard. The team was outraged at the antics of the owner.

Team Captain Sal Bando later said: "Andrews was no different in the World Series than he had been in the second part of the season. He just happened to make a couple of errors that day." The next day, an off day between Series games, the A's honored Andrews by taping a make shift #17 to their uniforms, during the work out at Shea Stadium.

According to player rep Reggie Jackson, some players threatened not to play in disgust of their teammate being humiliated. Not only did his players rally behind him, all of America followed the story and supported Andrews. The news came out in the media frenzy of New York City during a World Series, it was a major story.

Bowie Kuhn & Marvin Miller
The Head of the Players s Union, Marvin Miller, stepped in on Andrews behalf, so did baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Kuhn met with Andrews, after learning the whole story he personally had Finley reactivate Andrews instantly. He fined Finley (again) & made a public statement saying "the handling of this matter by the Oakland club has had the unfortunate effect on clearly embarrassing a player who has given many years of able service to pro baseball."

Manager Dick Williams finally had had enough of Finley’s antics, he had been quiet about the incident for two days but before Game #3 at Shea Stadium, he met with his team. He told his players behind closed doors he would be resigning at the end of the series "win, lose or draw".

The A's went out & won Game #3 in extra innings, Catfish Hunter believed the situation made the team play a bit harder. Sal Bando said all the hype made the A's forget they had to face Tom Seaver.

Andrews phoned Reggie Jackson & learned the team supported him 100%. He was now reactivated & joined the team in New York for Game #4, in which the Mets won 6-1.

Manager Williams showed Charlie Finley who was really in charge, shoving it in his face in the 8th inning when he sent Andrews up as a pinch hitter. The New York fans cheered giving Andrews a standing ovation for all his troubles. He grounded out to Wayne Garrett at third base and on his way back to the dugout, received another standing ovation. Finley sat in his box quietly, swallowing the moment giving a phony applause.

Andrews thanked New York in the press saying he was shocked; "I don't think I've ever had a standing ovation in my life. To me it meant everything."

Mike Andrews retired at the end of the season, in an eight year career; he was a lifetime .258 hitter with 803 hits 66 HRs 140 doubles 316 RBIs & a .353 on base %.
He played 787 games at second base (.973%) 39 games at first base & a few games at short as well as third base.

Retirement: He started the Mike Andrews baseball camp, along with his brother, former Major leaguer Rob Andrews. Andrews is the chairman of the popular Jimmy Fund charity in the Boston area since 1984