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.

 


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!



How many World Series Champtionships have the Yankees won?

by admin ~ June 10th, 2009

This question is usually the most frequently asked questions by fans that do not keep track of the Yankees record throughout its entire history since it started in 1901. Well, who would? Unless you are really a history buff.  It is indeed stressful to memorize all the numbers in details; because as soon as you talk about baseball and its history, or sports in general for that matter, it usually means “numbers.”

Nonetheless, we are not talking about millions or gazillions of numbers. We are only talking about a two-digit figure.

Anyway, how many World Series Championships have they won? The Yankees won 26 World Series.

Going back to basics (you may call it Lesson 101), the New York Yankees is a professional baseball team which is based in Bronx, New York and is a member of the AL East of MLB. It is owned by the business tycoon, George Steinbrenner, who purchased it in the 70’s. Just in case, there’s still a novice out there who is wanting to be a Yankee fan who is not from New York! I know, it sounds stupid, but hey! You never know.

I see questions on the net that may seem unimportant to some personalities, but actually abit significant to others. So let us talk a little trivia about the New York Yankees.  

How are they referred to by fans when they talk about the team? The Yankees are directly associated with the common name “the Yanks,”  “The Bronx Bombers,” or simply “the bombers,” and the less used nickname which is  “pinstripes” in reference to the Yankees home uniform.

They are indeed a marvel to everyone because of their Grande performances since they started playing baseball. There may be slow seasons, but the Yankees have an all-time season winning percentage of .567, the best statistics attained in any baseball team.