July 13, 2010 by Post Team
Billy Martin:One thing I can say about the late George Steinbrenner: He may have been wrong about many things, but I think their constant hiring and firing Billy Martin was actually a good idea, the sound. Martin, who helped make Steinbrenner the Yankees a championship team, was a great coach, especially when it came to improving the performance of the players, who almost always has a better season a team than it had before incorporation, many players had their best year under him. But Martin was so intense and crazy that no one could bear to play for him for over a year or two, tops. The rebel players and the team was down, and would have to be fired. Everyone fired not long after Martin joined. The only difference is that Steinbrenner was going to wait a few years and then bring back Martin, to start again with players who were not yet ready to kill him. The way I think about it is: Martin was very regular Steinbrenner manager from 1976 until his death. It’s just that he had to be relieved of their duties every few years because there was no way I could manage a team for several years continuously.
Bill James put it this way in one of his Baseball Abstracts:
What Steinbrenner has done in the eighties Martin actually makes a lot of sense, it is not traditional, and the world of sport that means you’ll be criticized, but it makes sense. Martin and knowledge intensity of the game make him a tremendous asset in the short term for the organization, you can still do more to improve a baseball team during the night than anyone in the world, including Don Mattingly and Roger Clemens. But his lack of maturity, their high-pressure tactics, and mind games eventually create resentment and hostility as a long-term detriment – in fact, he just can not manage a baseball team for over a couple of years, or self-destruction. Makes sense, I think, to bring him in, get the benefit of their skills, then put it in a cooler somewhere and let things calm down a bit before having to return.
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