Yogi’s advice sparks Mets’ prospect L.J. Mazzilli

Mets 2B prospect L.J. Mazzilli credits a recent hot streak to Yogi Berra’s advice.


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After getting off to a slow start in April, Mazzilli has found his stroke in May, and he has the Hall of Famer to thank for it. L.J.’s father, former Met and Yankee Lee Mazzilli, recently visited Yogi Berra in his nursing home. Yogi asked about L.J., who Lee reported was going through some “bumps in the road.”

Yogi told Lee to tell his son, “If you see it, hit it. If you don’t see it, don’t hit it.” >> Read more on Mets Minor League Blog.




22 comments
C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

I'm confused.  If hitting philosophies are the way all teams are going these days then is this one just bad or are Met players just bad at executing it?  Or is the whole hitting philosophy thing as I believe....completely un-fuggin necessary?

qualcomm
qualcomm

Someone should ask Yogi if he ever hunted for strikes lol

Keith Allen-Verdi
Keith Allen-Verdi

Dave Hudgens advise..if you see it.. don't hit it..when you don't see it..hit it

Doubleday
Doubleday

"If you see it, hit it. If you don’t see it, don’t hit it.” Even from a retirement home, Yogi is a better hitting coach than Dave Hudgens.

Gary McDonald
Gary McDonald

Great advice the whole team should take a listen

skillsets
skillsets

Great, now do the right thing before Yogi Berra passes on ... ceremony to retire #8 for the entire NYC MLB universe ... with the Gary Carter family. Nice PR for a club that needs any good public relations right now.

mets2891
mets2891

I bet John Olerud would make a great hitting coach.

simbad
simbad

Oh, boy. Wait till he meets Dave Hudgens. He doesn't realize how much of a head case he has to make of himself in order to dull that spark.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

And he had some advice for Tejada too.....



Yogi.....do you want your pizza cut in 6 slices or 8?   Cut it in 6, I'm not hungry enough to eat 8!

ry110891
ry110891

Can we have that advice at the Major League level?

Sal
Sal

So simple.  Makes so much sense.  Kind of like Ralph Kiner's old approach - make sure you take 3 good swings.


Unfortunately, this is not consistent with the Mets approach, which is more along the lines of.. make sure you let at least 2 hittable pitches go by without moving your bat.


And pitchers have adapted by getting ahead of counts with 1st pitch strikes.  The Mets hitters keep staring at them hoping to score higher on their internal team metric.

elsid1986
elsid1986

But that isn't the approach Sandy wants.  And after all he knows alot more than a Hall of Fame Catcher

Not4Nutten
Not4Nutten

Yogi was my idol when i was a Boy! I to meet him and got his autograph, whem I told h my Dad had passed away he got the usher to take my info, i got 2 Box seats mailed to me, when i got to the game he gave me a baseball signed by the 55 Team and introduced me to some of the players, Mickey, Whitey, Moose, Casey. What an outstanding Human Being!

tw22
tw22

The term "Yogi" is representative of someone who has reached a level of enlightenment through the practive of yoga. For Berra it seems his simple but succint comments over time has made him a yogi through reaching as level of baseball enlightenment. It is never been so clear. "If you see it hit it..." Genius.

mets1973
mets1973

I think Yogi should be hired as the Mets's hitting coach.

Doubleday
Doubleday

@skillsets  Great idea.  Yogi already shares the retirement of #8 in the Bronx (Bill Dickey)

Sal
Sal

@mets2891  I bet John Olerud would still make a better 1st baseman than our current options.


Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@Sal It would be interesting in the era of stats to see if the Mets lead the league in 0-2 counts, because it seems they're buried in them more often than not. This "approach" has really hurt a young player like d'Arnaud. Coming up, his BB/K rates weren't all that great, but he attacked the ball and put up pretty good numbers. Now it seems he's caught in between every at bat. Who knows, maybe he just isn't good enough, but I think he just looks lost, taking pitches he should nail and then having to swing at the pitchers' pitches because he's buried in the count.

Sal
Sal

@Andrew Sodergren @Sal  I agree with you.  I'm not opposed to a philosophy that emphasizes pitch selection.  But it seems to lack any room for interpretation or originality.  Some guys are naturally gifted hitters and just know how to attack a pitch.  Some guys aren't, and are better served taking more pitches.


I think when you push an organizational philosophy the way the Mets are trying to, you answer for the problems of the lesser hitters but you can really take away the aggressiveness of your more talented guys.

Andrew Sodergren
Andrew Sodergren

@Sal @Andrew SodergrenExactly, it's not really the approach itself that is so off base, but anytime you try to make everyone adhere to a single way of doing things, some guys' strengths are bound to be left by the wayside. Sure, seeing plenty of pitches is a good thing if you're a leadoff hitter or a guy that is comfortable hitting with two strikes (someone who can shorten his swing). But some guys are more aggressive by nature. No two hitters are exactly alike. Hitting is an extremely difficult thing to do as it is, but if little doubts or too much thinking becomes involved, it becomes nearly impossible.