Here Now, Gone the Next Day - New York Yankees Manager 1978, 1981-82

by admin ~ June 22nd, 2009


If you ask me, his time with the Yankees is actually on and off, other than the fact that it is also short-lived. Bob Lemon was the New York Yankees Manager in 1978 and 1981-82.

His breakthrough with professional baseball is actually three: a right-handed pitcher, a left-handed batting third baseman, and lastly, a manager. I wouldn’t call it successful. Though some views his accomplishment a success, but I disagree.

Just look at the fact that he improved the White Sox’ record by 26 games and won his Manager of the Year Award. But what happened next? He was fired right after his record of 34-40 on the first half. Now, his time with the Yankees as a manager; his first year was not that bad. Not until the first part of 1979, he was fired by the owner (to NO surprise of course!) because of the reality that the New York Yankees struggled (though he made an excuse regarding this incident; that he suffered a major loss because of his sons death around this time, thus he wasn’t himself).

As a player however, Bob Lemon was a “so-so.” His MLB debut was in 1941 with the Cleveland Indians. He was with the same team for 17 years, right before he became a manager.

Lemon had a drinking problem, yet, he exudes with an easy-going character. What’s great about his relationship with the owner was startling. He remained in the Yankees payroll as a scout, sort-of a lifetime contract he had with owner George Steinbrenner for the 1978 World Championship.

Robert Granville Lemon was born on September 22, 1920. With an ailing heart, Bob Lemon eventually suffered a heart attack which caused him his death.

Where is “Sweet Lou” now - New York Yankees Manager 1974-84

by admin ~ June 22nd, 2009


Finally the search for the best Manager of the Yankees is over, well for me that is! I have been going over the past managers handling the Yankees and I almost lost my interest to really really read so many write-ups about them because usually there is not much to read or better yet, some I just don’t find interesting.

Louis Victor Piniella or commonly known as “Sweet Lou” is ranked 14th in all-time list of Managerial wins. This nicknamed was derived from his bat swings and of course his character as well. It is wonderful that his attitude towards the team, as a player and as a manager is simply wonderful that this nickname suits him best. Born on August 28, 1943, in Tampa, Florida, he grew up playing baseball as a child.

Lou Piniella’s managerial career with the New York Yankees started from 1974 to 1984. Everybody is well aware of the pressures placed on you when you’re handling a team and know wonder Piniella went this far as 10 years to be with the Yankees knowing George Steinbrenner’s sky-scraping expectation on his managers. Plus, the fact that he is difficult to please.

Although he is also know for his aggressiveness and being on the field quick-tempered as a manager, he was actually ejected 61 times in his managerial career, in line with Joe Torre, Tony Larussa Bobby Cox who has even received more ejections than him.

His accomplishment as the New York Yankees manager throughout his 10 years tenure is quite great, having an average of 0.5 winning percentage (224-193).

During his early years as a professional baseball player, he joined MLB at age 21 with the Baltimore Orioles. He had an 11 years experience with the Yankees team where the team won 5 AL East titles (1976-78, 1980 and 1981), 4 AL Pennants (1976-78 and 1981), and two World Series Championships in 1977-78. Evidently, his experience in MLB is really great. If anything can be learned from being a true pro, it all depends on experience on both area – being a player and a manager. It has been said that when Piniella came in as the New York Yankees manager, philosophy change when he succeeded Billy Martin.

At present, Lou Piniella is managing the Cubs.

Profanity King - George Dallas Green 1989

by admin ~ June 21st, 2009


George Dallas Green was a pitcher in his professional baseball career; possibly, one of the shortest term to manage the New York Yankees. He was with the team in 1989.

For most of us, profanity is probably just part of our everyday lives. But for Dallas Green, it was a day-to-day experience. He proudly accepted that he is a screamer, a yeller and a cusser put altogether. And to prove his notorious character, he wounded a player’s career (I’m talking about Scott Rolen in 2001) because of a comment he said. Rolen was has been elected to the All-Start 4 times, but Green’s comment of him being an under achiever even if he can do more because of his personality.

His accomplishment with the Yankees as Manager was not that great earning under .500 at 56-65. To add more injury to the dire situation, the Yankees were 9 games over .500 the previous year, but they fell to 9 games under .500, during Dallas Green’s term. And of course, having a temper himself didn’t improve the relationship between the Yankee owner George Steinbrenner who is a go-getter with an attitude.

His personal life was uneventful. He was born on August 4, 1934 in Newport, Delaware. He bats left and throws with his right. As a baseball player, his first coming out was in June 18, 1960 for the Philadelphia Phillies and his last MLB appearance was in September 12, 1967.

Compared to the past New York Yankees manager, his career statistics are not that impressive with a Record of 20-22, ERA of 4.26 and 268 Strikeouts. One of his greatest career highlights was bringing the Phillies to their first World Series victory in 1980.


Don’t Want To Be a Jackass - New York Yankees Manager

by admin ~ June 21st, 2009


Martin was known for spinning a losing team to the winning ground. He was also identified with arguing among umpires, not to mention a widely noticeable spoof where he kicks dust on their feet. Billy Martin was born on May 16, 1928.

Perhaps unintentionally done, Martin was also known not to get along with old players and owners. Young pitchers were also overworked, and eventually burnt out. A sad vice of his was the manager’s unavoidable problem with drinking and ultimately became the cause of his death.

Alred Manuel “Billy” Martin Jr. (his birth name) was a second baseman being a professional baseball player and a New York Yankees manager from 1975 to 1979. Worked together with Billy Virdon as a manager in 1976, and then with Dick Howser and Bob Lemon in 78, consequently with Bob Lemon alone in 1978. He was visible again as a New York Yankees manager in 1983, 1985 and 1988.

His nickname Billy actually came about because her mom disliked her Dad so much that, she didn’t call him with his first name, instead, calls him “bello” which means beautiful in Italian. His interesting story growing up was, he didn’t know his real name until he reach his first day of high school. And her moms explanation why it happened? She just didn’t want him named after a  “jackass.” Totally hilarious!

Anyway, for the best part of his career in professional baseball, he was selected in All-Star 1956. In addition to that, he had 5x World Series Championship in 1951-53 and ’56. He also received a Babe Ruth award in 1953 and holds New York Yankees Number one retired.


Buck is for Money - Bucky Dent is for Baseball

by stephanie ~ June 20th, 2009


What’s with the word “buck” and New York Yankees? I have actually encountered two managers from this team who had similar nickname. I can only think of one reason why. Buck, which means money is what the team is hoping for, so a manager’s symbolized nickname is probably helpful? Maybe not.

Seriously, I am talking about Bucky Dent who was a Yankees manager from 1989 to 1990, another short-lived manager, though he partnered with his managerial position with Stump Merill in 1990.

As a professional baseball player, his notable accomplishment as a player was with the New York Yankees, against the Boston Red Sox in a playoff game that lead the Yankees 3-2 for hitting a three-run homer. It was quite popular because he was not that much admired as a power hitter. Imagine just hitting 40 home runs in 12 years.

He was born as Russel Earl O’Dey on November 25, 1951. He was a shortstop acquired by the Yanks in a “chilly afternoon” (well according to a daily a New York news article because he appeared in a dark trench coat) on April 7, 1977.

I know, this is suppose to be a post for his managerial track, but I find it difficult find resources regarding his major managerial accomplishments with the New Yokr Yankees. Except that, he managed it for 2 years, accumulating a record of 18-22 in 1989 and 18-31 in 1990.

Significantly, he was hailed by the Yankees owner George Steinbrenner to train the now famous Derek Jetter.  That alone is a huge plus on his managerial skill.

Cut Short — but Dedicated Yankees Manager from 1990-1991

by admin ~ June 20th, 2009


Carl “Stump” Merril, the New York Yankees manager from 1990 to 1991 was a catcher in his professional baseball career. Born on February 15, 1944, Merril spent 30 years in the Yankees organization and it’s minor league partner as a manager (talk about being so loyal with the team).

Going back to his playing career, he also played football aside from playing baseball, but it stopped when he got a leg injury; one of the reasons why you won’t see a lot of write-ups about his professional baseball career and his track record.

Still, one thing is very apparent; Stump Merril is a New York Yankees loyalist. I can understand why he is also a Yankee adviser, despite the fact that he is retiring after a 30-year career with the Yankees.

He got himself connected with the Yankees way back 1985 as a first-base coach manager for Yogi Berra. Eventually, he got recalled to Columbus as a team manager. He returned to the Yankees in 2005 as the Special Assistant to the Manager and continues to extend his support to the team until now.

Even if Stumps baseball playing career record is not that lengthy, his managerial side of the coin is great despite small.

Is Yogi Bear Named After the Yankees Manager from 1984-1985 Yogi Berra?

by admin ~ June 20th, 2009


This past New York Yankees manager rings a bell in my ear every single time. He reminds me of the funny cartoon character, “Yogi Bear.” His real name is Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra. He was born on May 12, 1925.

It’s wonderful that he picked his nickname from a friend Bobby Hoffman who said that Berra resembled a hindu holy man “yogi” that they had seen in the movie, just like his gestures when he sat around with arms and legs crossed waiting to bat or while looking melancholy when they lost a game.

Years onward, Hannah Barberra cartoon character was presumed to be named after him, though they denied it, which somewhat annoyed Yogi Berra after being name yogi bear.

The Yankees hired him from 1984-1985. Due to his exceptional professional baseball career, only justifies the fact that he was taken to be the Manager of the New York Yankees then and of course for obvious reasons that he played for the team almost all his entire career.

He was one of the only four baseball players who was named “The Most Valuable Player” of the American League three times and one of the only six managers to bring both American and National League to the World Series.

Even though, we cannot always expect pure luck to save us, or make us the best in what we do, I guess Yogi Berra is just one of the luckiest and great players in baseball history because he was considered as one of the best catchers in history, not by sheer luck, but of talent. Again, what I like most is to look at the number, in statistics developed by Bill James, he is considered the best catcher of all time and at the same time the 52nd greatest non-pitcher in baseball history.

Moreover, another interesting info about this great baseball player (though he lasted only 2 years with the New York Yankees as a manager) is that he quit school in eighth grade. Hence, a tendency headed for “malapropism” wherein a person substitutes some words that sounds similar to the original, although different in meaning.

The reason for his transition from the New York Yankees? He was fired because the team lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 7 times.

Buck Showalter - New York Yankees Manager from 1992-1995

by admin ~ June 20th, 2009


William Nathaniel “Buck” Showalter was the New York Yankees manager from 1991 to 1995. He was born in DeFuniak Springs, Florida and born on May 23, 1956.

Looking at his career accomplishments, he was drafted by the New York Yankees right after he graduated, right after playing in the minor leagues for 6 seasons. He then became a minor league manager up until 1989.

Buck Showalter was a professional baseball player and then became a manager. Although his playing profession was not that great compared to renowned managers, his track record for win-loss is that of 313-268 with the Yankees.  To no surprise he left the Yankees because of the fallout between the New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Although he actually led the Yankees to participate in the playoffs for the very first time since their success in 1981, it did not change the fact that he had to leave the team. As a matter of fact, prior to this incident, he was named by the Associated Press as the American League Manager of the year and also became the All-Star Game manager of the year.

If you have read some of the previous articles regarding the successful owner and business tycoon Steinbrenner, he is known to fire his managers. I think for the reason that he is simply a competitive person and has very high expectation of the Yankees, and when he does not see that, what’s the use of keeping an individual whose sole purpose of hiring is to make the best out of the team? His standars are high because he expects the team to win and no matter how the team did during a regular season, but they don’t win the World Series, I’m sure he considers it a loss. Bottom-line is, it’s all about winning and if he finds it impossible, then he goes to the next candidate line.

Buck Showalter became a manager for 3 teams, namely: the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamond Bucks and the Texas Rangers. This is from 1992-2006.

Lately, he returned to ESPN as an analyst.

Now let’s go to a more interesting topic as to why he was nicknamed “Buck.” It is nothing impossibly unique or something grande really. According to interviews, while he was playing in the minor leagues, he tends to hang around “Buck” naked in the locker rooms, thus, the name Buck was born.

Second-Longest Managerial Term with the New York Yankees

by admin ~ June 19th, 2009


Joe Torre who was with the Yankees for 12 years is indeed one the many outstanding managers of the New York Yankees garnering a win-loss record of 1173-767 in a regular season games of 1,942. He has the longest managerial career with the Yankees knowing that the owner George Steinbrenner is very well-known for firing his team managers.

If you pay attention to the number of years each manager lasted with the team. I think you will find it amazing that Joseph Paul Torre (this is his full name), after having a rough start with the Yankees, will really make him a very popular manager at his 60’s. He was making headlines like being called “Clueless Joe” when he first managed the team, and to break the expectation of many, he lead the Yankees to the playoffs for 12 seasons.

He also led the New York Yankees to the World Series since 1981. It is very hard to remember a person’s shortcomings when you already have established yourself. The bad start didn’t bother Torre at all. To mention his most successful year, it was 1998.

Torre returned with a simple smile on his face for sure intended to those who did not give him the chance to prove himself. The nickname clueless Joe is very inappropriate. He might have told the opposing fans, “so who is clueless now?”

All through his last year with the New York Yankees, Joe Torre got his 2000th win and he was the first MLB manager to win 2000 games and have 2000 hits to boot.

He also directed the Yankees  to its 13th consecutive post season appearance in his 2006-2007 accomplishment with the team.

So why is Joe Torre only called the second-longest manager under the business tycoon Steinbrenner? That is because the Manager who holds the record for the longest managerial term is Joe McCarthy.

Highest Number of Errors the Yankees committed in a Regular Season Game

by admin ~ June 19th, 2009

I stumbled into a trivial question of one of the New York Yankees fan. He got curious as to how many number of errors the team committed in a regular season; also the Yankees opponent and the date it occurred.

I want to share this information to everyone who is a Yankee fan and those who hate them altogether. Some anti-Yankees are always outraged with the fact that they are just impossibly good and of course, the Yanks are not the first one in line when it comes to the highest number of blunders.

The highest number of errors the New York Yankees committed in a regular season is actually less than 12.

Luckily for the Yankees (or maybe they are just utterly awesome that they are not the one who holds the record of most errors in a game), they do not hold the title.

The record for most errors in a game is 12, held jointly by the Detroit (AL)  and Chicago (AL). The Detroit team made a mess with handling the ball 12 times in a game versus Chicago in May 1901. Chicago also tied the game against Detroit in May, 1903.

There a lot of big Yankee fans everywhere who just wants to know anything under the sun, which is why I love sharing petty stuff like this. Other than the wins and the losses and the best players they have at the moment.

So stay tuned!