Steve Yeager
American professional baseball player, catcher, coach
Steve Yeager
Stephen Wayne "Steve" Yeager is an American right-handed former major league baseball catcher. Yeager spent 14 of the 15 seasons of his Major League Baseball career, from 1972 through 1985, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His last year, 1986, he played for the Seattle Mariners. As of 2009, Yeager is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization serving as a representative of the Dodgers Legend Bureau.
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Was Black Friday In Los Angeles Worth The Effort?
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Los Angeles on Friday was torn into two camps. One would bask in a Thanksgiving turkey glow. The other would head out into a cool drizzle to join the Black Friday shopping frenzy, as it was the shoppers who scored early holiday bargains. "Smokin' deal, 30 percent off -- definitely glad I'm here," said a beaming Brian Rodriguez, 33, of Northridge, co-owner of Apsir General Construction, pushing an arc welder bought from a Black Friday sale at Harbor Freight Tools in Woodland Hills, which typically caters to men. "Decent deal," said Lori Kaelker, 56, of Canoga Park, who runs Serenity Place cat rescue, gloating over a 60 percent discount on fleece blankets at Joann Fabrics & Crafts next door, which largely brings in women. "The cats will be happy." Across the region and the U.S., retailers hoping to cash in on the Christmas rush discounted goods for an event that has come to be known as Black Friday -- post-Thanksgiving sales that have crept backward well into Turkey Day Thursda ...
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Baseball's mound etiquette? Cover your mouth!
Cleveland - almost 5 years
When players bury their face in a glove while they talk -- which is the rule, not the exception -- they ensure that what's said on pitcher's mound, stays on pitcher's mound. View full sizeChuck Crow, The Plain DealerVinnie Pestano (left) and Carlos Santana assume the position -- gloves covering mouths -- during this recent mound conversation at Progressive Field. "You don't want anyone reading your lips," says reliever Tony Sipp. Lip Service What are they talking about behind those gloves anyway? Usually how to pitch to a hitter or which set of catcher’s signals to use with a runner on second. But sometimes the conversation has nothing to do with baseball. Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda: “It depends on the game. It depends on the situation. I’ve been out there to rip a guy, I’ve been out there to pat a guy on the back. It’s a situation conversation, I would call it.” Like the situat ...
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Topes Today
ABQ Journal - almost 5 years
Tuesday Vs. Iowa, 6:35 p.m. Radio: KNML-AM (610) Probable pitchers: Isotopes RH Stephen Fife (0-2, 10.50) vs. Cubs LH Chris Rusin (1-1, 4.38) Monday: Max Ramirez’s second three-run homer of the game lifted Omaha to a 12-10 victory in front of a matinee crowd of 7,710 at Isotopes Park. Ramirez hit the decisive shot in a five-run Storm Chasers eighth inning, during which the visitors turned an 8-7 deficit into a 12-8 lead. All the runs came with two outs off ’Topes reliever Wilfredo Ledezma (0-2). Ramirez earlier homered off Albuquerque starter Michael Antonini in a five-run Omaha fourth. Trailing 7-4, the Isotopes rallied for four in the bottom of the frame, taking the lead on Alex Castellano’s RBI triple. Castellanos also hit a solo homer in the game, and teammate Luis Cruz went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Transactions: None. This and that: Former Los Angeles Dodger standout catcher Steve Yeager was in the Isotopes dugout Monday. Now a special assignment catching instructor ...
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Dodgers' Jonathan Broxton to undergo minor elbow surgery - Los Angeles Times
Google News - over 5 years
The event, which starts at 2 pm, will include autograph sessions by Valenzuela, Jaime Jarrin, Javy Guerra, Rod Barajas, Tommy Davis, Tim Leary, Ron Cey, Bill Russell and Steve Yeager. … Fan Appreciation Day is Sunday. More than 125 prizes will be
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Overlooked by some, Bench overshadows all - Cincinnati.com
Google News - over 5 years
The guy playing behind me was (future Dodgers catcher) Steve Yeager. I was the more highly thought-of guy, and they had to send him elsewhere to get at-bats. But he stayed healthy and kept getting better. I was the guy with the glove contract
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Matt Kemp and the 10 Best Individual Offensive Seasons in Dodgers' History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
With both Jim Wynn and Steve Yeager providing some of the pop needed for the lineup, Garvey used his little speed at the top of the order and set the table for the big boppers. Garvey was a tremendous talent that worked extremely hard to achieve great
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This date in baseball: Sept. 6 - Kansas City Star
Google News - over 5 years
1976: Los Angeles catcher Steve Yeager was seriously injured when the jagged end of a broken bat struck him in the throat while he was waiting in the on-deck circle. 1981: Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0
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El Espacio de Cerpa - El Siglo de Torreón
Google News - over 5 years
... como relevista por Tom Lasorda y lo que son las cosas ya que, cuando entraba a lanzar, Steve Yeager receptor del equipo angelino, le enviaba una señal la cual no entendía Fernando pero al final, terminaba dominando a los bateadores contrarios
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JILL PAINTER: Keep giving for Mom -- and others - San Bernardino Sun
Google News - over 5 years
My co-workers twice ate delicious Jersey Mike's sandwiches with me for fundraisers at the Granada Hills shop owned by former Dodgers catcher Steve Yeager and his wife, Charlene. I hosted a charity poker night, auctioned Dodgers tickets and had donation
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Man Accused Of Robbing Bethel Park Pharmacy Arrested In South Side - WPXI Pittsburgh
Google News - over 5 years
They had bulletproof vests on and other body armor as well," said Steve Yeager, who works nearby. Yeager said Dauberger didn't surrender to police right away, but eventually surrendered. "There were undercover guys, big vans and armored vehicles
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Unselfish Weaver deserves halo - Las Vegas Review - Journal
Google News - over 5 years
There was a time when I thought Steve Yeager could walk on water, give sight to the blind and drive out all the demons from Willie McCovey and his Giants teammates, all the while hitting a robust .228. The Boomer was it for me as a kid
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Dodgers open Dreamfield in Valley Plaza Park - Los Angeles Dodgers
Google News - over 5 years
On hand for the dedication ceremony were Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon and former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Steve Yeager, Lee Lacy and Bill Russell. The Dodgers Dream foundation partnered with the LA84 Foundation and the LA City Department of Recreation
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Dodgers Dream Foundation, LA84 Foundation Dedicate New Dodgers Dreamfield at ... - Los Angeles Dodgers
Google News - over 5 years
Also in attendance were Dodger shortstop Dee Gordon and former Dodgers Bobby Castillo, Steve Yeager, Lee Lacy and Bill Russell. "The LA84 Foundation is pleased to join with the Dodgers Dream Foundation and the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks
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Domecus leads Loons to 3rd straight victory - Midland Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Former Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher Steve Yeager, co-MVP of the 1981 World Series, was at Tuesday's game as part of the Dodgers' Route of Champions nights, which take place at every Tuesday Loons' home game. Yeager threw out the ceremonial first pitch
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Loons beat TinCaps, 9-2; Yeager at Dow Diamond during tonight's game - Midland Daily News
Google News - over 5 years
Game time is 7:05 pm, and former Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher and World Series co-MVP Steve Yeager is scheduled to be on hand to sign autographs as part of the Dodgers Route of Champions series
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Loon Line: South Bend Silver Hawks 5, Great Lakes Loons 4 (10 innings) - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
On Tuesday is a Fireworks Loontacular and Dodgers Route of Champions Night, with an appearance by Steve Yeager. Wednesday is Dollar Family Feast Night and Thursday is Gordie Howe Bobblehead Giveaway to the first 1000 fans at Dow Diamond
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MLB Analysis: Remembering Bad Times in Mariners History - Opposing Views
Google News - over 5 years
After all runners advance one base (and the man on third scores), Griffin looks up from third, and notices Moore and catcher Steve Yeager are neither near the plate nor paying attention to him. So he bolts for home and scores
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steve Yeager
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 63
    As of 2012, Yeager was the Los Angeles Dodgers' Major League catching coach.
    More Details Hide Details Yeager was born in Huntington, West Virginia. He attended Meadowdale High School in Dayton, Ohio. He is a cousin of the test pilot Chuck Yeager. Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley was the best man at his wedding. Yeager is Jewish, having converted to Judaism when his career was over.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 58
    In 2007, he became the manager for the Long Beach Armada of the independent Golden Baseball League.
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    He later became the A Dodgers affiliate Inland Empire 66'ers and became the hitting coach in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Yeager was instrumental in the conversion of Russell Martin from third base to behind the plate.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    He was the Jacksonville Suns hitting coach in 2004, when the team won the championship, and in 2005-06 he was the hitting instructor/coach for the Dodgers AAA farm club, the Las Vegas 51s.
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  • 1999
    Age 50
    In 1999, Yeager was the hitting coach for the Dodgers’ Single-A San Bernardino Stampede, which won the California League championship.He managed the Long Beach Breakers in the independent (now-defunct) Western Baseball League in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The team won the league championship in their inaugural season that year, beating the Chico Heat 3 games to 2.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 27
    In 1976, Yeager was injured when teammate Bill Russell's bat shattered and a large, jagged piece hit Yeager, who was in the on-deck circle.
    More Details Hide Details The wood hit him in the neck and pierced his esophagus, necessitating surgery. After the incident, Dodger trainer Bill Buhler invented and patented device hangs from the catcher's mask to protect the throat. It was soon worn by most catchers around the Majors and other leagues.
  • 1974
    Age 25
    This compensated for his overall subpar offense, as illustrated by arguably his best offensive year occurring in 1974 when he batted .266 in fewer than 100 games.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this reputation, Yeager was still somewhat of a clutch hitter as he had an average of .321 when hitting with the bases loaded during his career, as well as hitting 4 home runs in 21 World Series games. He also had success hitting off pitcher Ken Forsch. While never hitting more than two home runs off any other pitcher, he managed to hit 5 against Forsch in his career. With the Dodgers, whenever knuckleballer Charlie Hough pitched, Yeager would use a special enlarged catcher's mitt and would hold it in a cupped style, palm facing upward, instead of the normal upright "target" position.
    In 1974, he had 806 putouts, the most in the National League.
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    Yeager helped the Dodgers to the World Series in 1974, 1977, 1978, and 1981.
    More Details Hide Details In the '81 Series against the New York Yankees, he shared the World Series Most Valuable Player award with teammates Pedro Guerrero and Ron Cey. Yeager, who was backing up Mike Scioscia by that time, did not have overwhelming stats for the Series, as he went 4-for-14 (.286), but three of his hits were a double and two home runs. One of the homers, off Ron Guidry, turned out to be the game-winner in Game 5. Yeager injured his knee in 1982 and broke his wrist the next year, which severely limited his playing time. He was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Ed Vande Berg following the 1985 season and retired after hitting only .208 in 1986. While with the Dodgers, Yeager caught Jerry Reuss' no-hitter on June 27, 1980. Lou Brock called Yeager "the best-throwing catcher in the game." His specialty was defense and his command of the game on the field. In one nationally-televised game, he made a putout to second base – and the radar gun in place to record pitches caught his throw to second (from a crouch) at 98 mph. He was very good at managing the game from his position and was even more highly regarded for his abilities with young pitchers.
  • 1973
    Age 24
    He started 34 games that season, backed up Joe Ferguson in 1973, and split time with Ferguson for the pennant-winning 1974 club.
    More Details Hide Details Thereafter, Yeager was the starting catcher for the Dodgers and became an integral part of the Dodgers' success in the 1970s and early 1980s.
  • 1972
    Age 23
    Yeager made his Major League debut with the Dodgers on August 2, 1972.
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    With the Dukes becoming the new Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate for the Dodgers in 1972, Yeager was promoted while remaining in Albuquerque for another season.
    More Details Hide Details With the Triple-A Dukes, he played 82 games, batting .280 with 45 RBIs in 257 at bats.
  • 1971
    Age 22
    He threw out 84 runners, second in the league that year, and was named to the Texas League All-Star team as a catcher in 1971.
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  • 1970
    Age 21
    In 162 games played over the 1970 and 1971 seasons, he hit .276, with 77 RBIs in 490 at bats.
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  • 1969
    Age 20
    Yeager was promoted to Double-A before the end of the 1969 season, playing in 1 game for the Albuquerque Dodgers of the Texas League.
    More Details Hide Details He spent the next two-and-2/3 seasons with the Double-A franchise.
    In 1969, he played 22 games for the Bakersfield Blaze, the Dodgers' Single-A affiliate in the California League, where he threw out 26 runners from behind the plate.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 19
    The following season, in 1968, Yeager played 59 games for the Single-A Daytona Beach Dodgers of the Florida State League.
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  • 1967
    Age 18
    Yeager hit two grand slams in a single game while playing for Meadowdale High School (Ohio) in Dayton, Ohio. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 6, 1967, in the 4th round of the 1967 Major League Baseball draft.
    More Details Hide Details After one game with the rookie level Ogden Spikers of the Pioneer League, Yeager was sent to the Dodgers' Single-A affiliate, the Dubuque Packers of the Midwest League.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on November 24, 1948.
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