Former pitcher Sparky Lyle talks MLB memories and more with D&D
During our broadcast outside of TD Bank Ballpark for the Somerset Patriots game, we had the absolute pleasure to interview former Major League Baseball pitcher Sparky Lyle.
Lyle was a left-handed reliever who spent the better part of 16 seasons in the major leagues playing for the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, Texas Rangers and White Sox. Some of Lyle's most notable awards were winning the Cy Young Award, as well as being on the Yankees World Champion teams of 1977 and 1978.
Sparky joined us to talk about everything baseball including memories of his playing days, working with players that are coming up through the ranks today and what he thinks about relievers over the years.
Bill, who is a big baseball fan, asked Sparky if he thought Carl Yastrzemski's Triple Crown year in 1967 was one of the best offensive seasons ever in the game. Lyle replied "By far and above."
Watch Lyle's full response about Yastrzemski and what he had to say about legendary pitcher Bob Gibson in the clip below.
We then asked Sparky about what type of advice he gives the younger players on their way up in their baseball careers. Lyle joked "Oh they don't even know who the hell I am." Lyle then told a hysterical story about a player he once picked up from the airport and half way through the ride the player asked Lyle "so did you ever play?" Ouch!
Watch the answer Sparky had for that player and also what he thinks about relievers in the Hall of Fame in the video below.