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.


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.


Robinson Cano - named after the legendary Jackie Robinson

by admin ~ June 17th, 2009

 

The number 24 second baseman Robinson Cano made his debut with the New York Yankees on May 3, 2005. One of his career highlights was his All-Star selection and Silver Slugger Award in 2006.

Although his career with the Yankees is still short, Cano already has a batting average of .304, some players are only between .2 and .3 range. It is also not a surprise that Robinson Cano became a great baseball player himself. He was named after the legendary Jackie Robinson.

Today Cano, his accomplishment includes hitting the first home run in the new Stadium. As a matter of fact, he started off really good with a batting average of .300, 70 hits, 9 home runs and 34 RBI’s through June 8th.

Cano’s personal life, like most players was based on the footsteps of his father who was signed by the New York Yankees in 1980 and a pitching in 1989 for 6 games.

Even then, Cano was already the Yankees favorite because right after graduation, he was signed by the Yankees in their minor league system.

Robinson Cano is from Dominican Republic. He bats with his left and throws with his right. I find him young playing for the Yankees and I admire him a lot. He is already earning a salary of $6M, compared to some players with the team who earns a little bit lower than his, considering his age and his baseball experience of only 4 years. After all, who could say that Robinson Cano is already successful with the Yankees at age 26?

His Yankee life may not be as interesting as the others, but all I can say is that, if a person is 26 and is already earning a lot, believe or not, there is too much in store for the baseball player in the future!


What Baseball Scouts Look for in Potential Baseball Stars

by admin ~ May 15th, 2009

Our topic today is a special guide for potential baseball stars who want to play baseball not just as a hobby, but also as a full-time profession.

As the saying goes, “Nothing is Impossible,” there is absolutely nothing that’s keeping your from being the baseball star you hope to be. All it takes is a little more guts and confidence in oneself, topped with hard work, and soon enough, you’ll be in the New Yankee Stadium not as an onlooker, but as the main attraction of the game.

Below are tips on how you can impress baseball scouts in professional baseball as well as in college. As you continue to build the athlete in you, you will also be winning experience and expertise along the way. Who knows? You could be the next Babe Ruth baseball history has been waiting for.

  1. Scouts measure your attitude, how you treat your team mates, and your love for the game. Let’s start off with the obvious truth. Before scouts measure your baseball prowess, they would definitely want to know if you’re the man your skills describe you to be. A good pitcher with a very bad temper on court would end up getting more fouls than points. You will be working in a team and not solo; hence, if you don’t know how to respect your team mates, even your coach would not want to deal with you. Your attitude towards other people and to the game counts a lot; that said, the first thing that wins the hearts of scouts is your respect for the game and for fellow players.
  2. Let’s move on to your proficiency. Scouts look at your speed. Baseball, in layman’s terms, is game that involves throwing, catching, pitching, and running. See? Great speed equates to a good player who is capable of catching, running, and pitching quickly. If you’re speedy, scouts will have their eye on you.
  3. Scouts have their own manner of measuring a player’s running speed; however, those who are able to make a 60 yard dash at 6-6.5 seconds are in excellent form. Those who make it to 7 seconds or less are acceptable also.
  4. After their speed, they will have to consider the way you pitch, throw, or the way you serve your purpose in the team. Generally, they will have to see if you are a good player.
  5. Your physical strengths will also have to matter in baseball. For one, you must be tall, preferable someone within the range of 5’10 to 6’2. A ballplayer’s recommended height is 6’0 for a ballplayer; 6’1 for a pitcher; and for a pitcher, 5’11 is a desirable height. Also, someone between the weights of 190-200 pounds is a good pick.
  6. Base stealing is also an important feat in baseball and at times, you will have to make base stealing attempts. Those who can make it to a 3.0-3.2 second time frame when attempting to steal bases is in fine shape.
  7. Scouts also consider the following aspects:
  • Respect for the game and for fellow players
  • School and work habits
  • Aggressiveness
  • Maturity
  • Composure
  • Habits towards people when not playing
  • Desire to win
  • Dedication
  • Speed
  • Endurance
  • And of course, intelligence.

There are other things scouts look for in a player before picking him to be a member of a reputable college baseball team or a professional team. What are these criteria? Only scouts know them; but you, as a player, you only need to know passion for the game and you’re good to go.



THE BLEACHER CREATURES

by admin ~ April 28th, 2009


Called “the most loyal fans any baseball team could ever ask for”, the Bleacher Creatures is a group of die-hard New York Yankees fans who will stop at no one and at nothing to cheer for their favorite baseball team of all time. They used to be found in section 39 and sometimes, 37 of the old Yankee Stadium, but just recently, they moved to Section 203 of the new Yankee Stadium.

Their loyalty and firm allegiance to the New York Yankees and their harshness towards opposing fans have made them a feared and respected group in the stadium by other baseball fans and the opposing team’s supporters but at times, acclaimed for being a Yankee player’s most favorite group of people.


Bleacher Creature tradition started sometime in the 1980’s and 1990’s when the tides were turning against the Yankees. The only two things that remained loud and grew louder and stronger were the Bleacher Creatures’ roll calls and cheers that provided the Yankees with moral support. Ali Ramirez, the forefather of the Creatures’ tradition would ring a cowbell to catch the attention of the other supporters and would lead them into cheering. When he died on the 9th of May in 1996, little did he know that his legacy would enforce the most loyal group of fans of all time.

Today, the Bleacher Creatures are getting ready for their move to Section 203 in the New Yankee Stadium and once they are there, get ready for more roll calls and more cheering. Opposing teams beware, the Bleacher Creatures won’t stop cheering on for their favorite baseball team and if you find yourself near them, get ready for some heavy jeering—they won’t stop till you get their message.

Photo credits: skyliner72, jim_who, and TimmyGUNZ



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



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by admin ~ April 21st, 2009

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