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.

 


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.