MLB.com has a profile on Trevor Hoffman and Mariano Rivera’s eventual Hall of Fame chances. Straight forward enough, but this stuck out:
“Trevor Hoffman is a Hall of Famer, in my opinion,” Commissioner Bud Selig once said. “So is Mariano Rivera. Look, Yogi Berra once said, ‘If you ain’t got relief pitching, you ain’t got nothing.’ So where in my mind do you think Trevor Hoffman figures? Relief pitchers are critical.”
Call me crazy, but that does not sound like something Yogi Berra would have said. Rather, it sounds like one of those things people like to say that Yogi Berra said. A regular, boring statement Yogi-fied by the use of the word “ain’t” and a double negative.
A few searches reveal nothing of that phrase other than Selig’s use of it in this article. Your assignment, super sleuths: find me a single example of Berra saying something like that. If we can’t find it, I’m going to assume this is an example of Selig hiding behind a phony quote of someone else, unable to make a solitary stand on even the most uncontroversial of issues.
UPDATE: We have at least one other source attributing that to Yogi (see the comments). If that holds up, I’ll stand corrected and offer my sincerest apology to Mr. Selig. Still, it’s not like there’s a law that you have to have Berra backup to say something like Rivera and Hoffman are Hall of Famers.