For the first time in years, the Yankees will be without the services legendary catcher Yogi Berra as a guest instructor for spring training. Instead, David Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum, e-mailed a statement on Monday that the 87-year-old Hall of Famer will remain in New Jersey, where he currently resides, because his travel is limited.
Berra’s name was not listed among the guest instructors for Yankees camp. Several employees at George M. Steinbrenner Field told Jennings that no locker was set aside for Berra’s use.
The 10-time World Series champion has taken several spills over the past few years. Two years ago, he fell while serving as a guest instructor at the Yankees’ spring training complex and was taken to a hospital. Fortunately, Berra was released the same day. He also missed Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium in 2010 after a fall.
Kaplan’s e-mail indicated that Berra does still plan to attend games during the season at Yankee Stadium.
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