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.

 


New York Yankees - richest baseball club in MLB?

by stephanie ~ June 6th, 2009

Ever wonder how the New York Yankees operate and became the richest baseball club in MLB at some point or another? Well, some people probably know, but to those who doesn’t, here’s an explanation in a nutshell!

I stumbled into a great information from someone earlier and I was amazed as to how many fans actually made the team a very lucrative business. The “behind the scenes?” Do the Math!

It is estimated that 51 thousand avid fans pay an average of $28 to come to 81 home games. And that’s not all, US fans sip sodas and hot dogs at $4.50 each which generate s half of the teams sales. The other half comes from $140 ad deals and media rights. So in actuality, while fans are there to cheer, just hanging out with family, they are boosting the franchise’s profit. The “booing and the shouting” of overly-enthusiastic individuals that are merely crazy about the Yankees are not actually put to vain. They are helping the team get rich!

The New York Yankee’s largest expense comes from their player costs which are about $200 million per year. There is also the league revenue sharing and the cost of flying the players across the country. (You didn’t think that was all fun and no cost did you?)

Some season they may loss millions, but the following year they earn it back and even more revenue. At present, the MLB team is valued at $1.2 billion. So you don’t really look at it like a loss and profit game year after year because Steinbrenner also owns more than a third of the YES network which caters to 8.7 million subscribers. Pretty astounding, isn’t it? The revenue from here alone, top a quarter of a billion.

Purchasing the YES network was certainly a great move of the business tycoon and owner of New York Yankee’s because they generate even more profit, making it easy to cover up the player’s expense!

Thanks’ to Steinbrenner and his staff’s brilliant minds for thinking of something creative and big like this. What’s even more interesting is their plans recently. The team financed an $800 million stadium that will open in 2009; another utterly amazing move by the owner because that will deduct their stadium-operations expense, lowering their overhead cost!



Babe Ruth: The Roaring Bambino

by admin ~ April 23rd, 2009


Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

Before he was a pitcher, long before he entered the record books, long before he made 54 homeruns as a Yankee, and long before we turned him into a chocolate bar, he was just Babe Ruth- ex-Red Sox outfielder.

Babe Ruth, born George Herman Ruth, Jr., also known as “the Sultan of Swat” and “The Bambino” was a top American Major League baseball player, famously known for playing for the Yankees as an outfielder and breaking record after record in his time. Being the first ever player to hit 60 home runs in a single season (1927), Ruth became a baseball superstar overnight and a larger than life sports icon throughout history.

Babe Ruth first played for the Baltimore Orioles; however, as the fame of free agency grew, he was sold to the Boston Red Sox until he was eventually bought by the New York Yankees in the 1920’s. His transfer was the Yankees’ greatest bane and the Red Sox’s worst boon since little did the latter know they would not be winning a single championship for the next 86 years.

Now with the Yankees, he made 54 home runs and batted .376 on his first year with his new team. The next year, he, along with his team mates made Yankee-history by winning their first ever league championship. Ruth’s display of continuous home runs and amazing records transformed the face of baseball from being the “inside game” to the “power game” from then on.

The Yankees eventually moved onto the World Series in 1921 and with Ruth in their lineup, they were able to win the first two games; however, things turned badly for Ruth and his team when he fell into a series of mishaps. Although they lost the 1921 World Series, Ruth still managed to redesign history in 1923.

1923 was a great year for the Yankees due to the construction of the Yankee Stadium, which was also named, “The House That Ruth Built.” Ruth once again gave the Yankees another victory by leading them to the championships on their first game in the stadium. Also, on the same year, they battled the New York Giants once again for the World Series, and this time, Ruth did not let victory run past him. Ruth walked eight times, batted .368, gained 8 runs, slugged 1.000, and scored 3 home runs. Eventually, they won their first World Series by 4 to 2 games.

Babe reached the height of his career in 1927 when he made a record of 60 homeruns in a season of 154 games, and became the first person to do so.

The next few years proved difficult for the Yankees as well as for Ruth. In 1929, the Yankees were unable to return to the World Series and it would take them another three years to regain their momentum. However, he was still able to win various games with the Yankees and make records.

Babe Ruth in action

As soon as Babe Ruth first entered the diamonds in 1921, he has built a lot of amazing records, some of which are still intact today. His prowess has made him baseball’s Greatest Player Ever in 1969, and in 1998, he ranked Number 1 on The Sporting News’ “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players.”

Baseball aficionados, kids, teenagers, and adults, male or female, still look up to the man who reinvented the face of baseball. Indeed, baseball would not be as grand as we regard it to be had not Babe Ruth entered the fields. Hence, hats off to the Greatest Baseball Player of all time: Babe Ruth!

Photo credits: Regatta Le Blanc; Artifishall