Earlier this week, former Yankee Chris Chambliss paid a visit to the Mohawk Valley, as the guest of honor at the 11th Annual Legends of the Diamond Dinner at Recovery Sports Grill in Verona.
Chambliss played parts of seventeen seasons in the majors, winning two titles with the Bronx Bombers, then four more as the hitting coach on the staff of soon to be Hall of Famer Joe Torre. Chambliss played for Torre with the Braves in the early 1980s, then later spent eight total seasons on his staff with the Cardinals and Yankees.
"He's what baseball's all about, because he's got all the connections and he knows how to bring people together and the reason he's so successful is he's a fair man, he's always well respected," Chambliss told NEWSChannel 2 Sports Director Mike Levin. "Everybody knows when he tells you something, it's going to be the truth."
While working with Torre in the Bronx, Chambliss worked with a young shortstop would would become the Yankee captain, Derek Jeter.
"We thought being so young he would make a lot of errors, but that never happened," Chambliss said of Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season. "He just became a great player and it didn't take long for him to become the leader he is now."