Eddie Yost, who played in the big leagues for 18 years and then spent another 22 seasons as a third-base coach for the Senators, Mets and Red Sox, passed away on Tuesday morning. He was 86.
Yost, who made his big league debut as a 17-year-old with the Senators in 1944, earned the nickname "The Walking Man" for his extraordinary ability to draw free passes. Yost hit just .254 in his career but managed a .394 OBP thanks to a career total of 1,614 walks, which ranks 11th all-time. He led the AL in walks six times.
After playing for the Senators (14 seasons), Tigers (2 seasons) and Angels (2 seasons), he served as a third-base coach with the Senators (1962-67), Mets (1968-76) and then the Red Sox (1977-84) under Don Zimmer and Ralph Houk. He then retired to his home in Wellesley.
Yost is survived by a son, Mike, and daughters Felita and Alexis.
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