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.


New York Yankee Managers - Through the Years

by stephanie ~ June 6th, 2009

From 1913 - 2009, the Yankee’s has been in 47 play-off appearances. Past managers who handled the team started with John Mc Graw when they still played as “Baltimore Orioles” in 1901 and 1902.

Clark Griffith directed the Yankee’s from 1903 to 1908, partnered with Kid Elbeld in 1908. During this time, Clark Griffith was termed as the “old Fox.” He was a Major League Baseball pitcher and a team owner. Now, in 1909 and 1910, George Stallings managed the team with Hal Chase in 1910. Around this time, they played as the New York Highlanders. It is very interesting and that Stallings was with the team for only 2 years. He died of a heart disease and when his doctor inquired why he had a bad heart — he answered him in a joking manner that it was “those damn bases on balls.”

Short years for New York Yankee managers were from 1911-1914 because they changed every year from Hal Chase alone in 1911, Harry Wolverton in 1912, Frank Chance in 1913 and partner Roger Pekinpaugh in 1914. Bill Donovan managed the team starting from 1915 to 1917, 3 straight short years and was taken over by Miller Huggins, who was with the team until 1929. He was partnered with Art Fletcher during the last year of his reign. He was nicknamed “Mighty Mite.” He won 6 American League Pennants and 3 World Series Championships. He died of an eye problem at age 50 and was in Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964,

Another manager who guided the New York Yankees for 16 long years, together with Bill Dickey and Jonny Neun in his last year at 1946 was Joe McCarthy, nicknamed “Marse Joe.” Bucky Harris, however, was with the Yankees for only 2 years in 1947 and 1948, followed by Casey Stengel who held the team until 1960.

Best known as the successor of Stengel, Ralph Houk supervised the Yankees from 1961 to 1973. Unlike other managers who were short-lived, he was with the team for 10 years. It was only in the year 1965 that the team was guided by Jonny Keane and then both of them in 1966.

In years that followed, Billy Virdon, Billy Martin, Dick Howser, Bob Lemon, Gene Michael, Clyde King, Yogi Berra, and Lou Piniella, managed the New York Yankees team from 1974 until 1988.

After 1988, Dallas Green, Bucky Dent, Stump Merril, all lead the Yankees. Their term however was very short compared to the other managers who spent as much as 10 years. At least Buck Showalter spent his time managing the team from 1992 to 1995, a little longer than most.

Recently, in the late 90’s, Joe Torre joined the team as the manager from 1996 to 2007. Amazing, as he spent a lot of years with the team.

The New York Yankees is now managed by Joe Girardi since 2008. Fans are definitely expecting more from him to lead them to victory!