Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Herzog and Ozzie Smith on Studio 42

From MLB Network -

HALL OF FAMERS WHITEY HERZOG AND OZZIE SMITH FEATURED ON STUDIO 42 WITH BOB COSTAS ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10


Secaucus, NJ, December 7, 2010 - Hall of Fame Manager Whitey Herzog discusses his storied career in a new episode of MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas on Friday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. Throughout the hour-long interview filmed in Cooperstown, New York in July 2010, Herzog covers his many different roles in Major League Baseball, including his playing career and roles as farm director, general manager and manager. Herzog also discusses failing to win a World Series with the Kansas City Royals, and Don Denkinger’s infamous blown call in Game Six of the 1985 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Royals. During the interview, Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith also shares his thoughts on playing for Herzog, winning the 1982 World Series with the Cardinals, and his famous walk-off home run in Game Five of the 1985 World Series. A preview of the interview can be viewed here.

A first baseman and outfielder, Dorrel Norman Elvert ‘Whitey’ Herzog batted .257 during his eight-year playing career (1956-1963). Following his playing days, Herzog managed the Texas Rangers (1973), California Angels (1974), Royals (1975-1979) and Cardinals (1980-1990). Herzog guided the Royals to three straight American League West division titles in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Following his stint with Kansas City, Herzog won the 1982 World Series and the 1985 and 1987 National League pennant with the Cardinals and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010. Smith, a 15-time National League All-Star and 13-time Gold Glove award winner, spent his 19-year career with the San Diego Padres (1978-1981) and Cardinals (1982-1996) and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Prior to Studio 42 with Bob Costas, MLB Network’s live nightly studio show during the offseason, Hot Stove, will air at 6:00 p.m. ET with updates and analysis of the moves all 30 clubs are making and planning in preparation for the upcoming season. Studio 42 with Bob Costas is presented by Travelers.


Highlights from the interview include:


HERZOG ON WINNING ONE WORLD SERIES IN HIS CAREER:

“In Kansas City, I thought maybe I’m going to be one of those guys that can’t win the big one. … But, I’d rather be 0-4 in the World Series than 0-0. I did relish in the fact that out of the three World Series, despite all the injuries and all the things that happened, we played 21 games, we went to the limit every time.”


HERZOG ON DON DENKINGER’S INFAMOUS CALL IN GAME SIX OF THE 1985 WORLD SERIES:

“Don Denkinger was a really good umpire, a very good one. I don’t think I ever got kicked out by him or really ever had a heated argument with him, that’s how good he was. …If we had instant replay there and they could have got the call right, it would have changed the World Series around.”


SMITH ON PLAYING FOR THE CARDINALS:

“Whitey Herzog came and asked me to become part of the St. Louis organization. I had a good idea at the time that I was a pretty good player. But I had to prove it under those circumstances and having the opportunity to come over here and play in 1982 with the team we had was just an amazing time in my life.”


SMITH ON PLAYING FOR HERZOG:

“He had two rules: Be on time and give 100 percent. Now as a professional athlete, that’s all you can ask for. Somebody who says, ‘All I want you to do is go out there and give me 100 percent and be on time.’ It doesn’t get better than that.”


SMITH ON HIS WALK-OFF HOME RUN IN GAME FIVE OF THE 1985 WORLD SERIES:

“I was just trying to get myself in scoring position, trying to get that ball down in the corner. And low and behold, [former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher] Tom Niedenfuer supplied the power, I supplied the technique, and history was made.”

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