• Seed Of Billy

    Posted by on November 24th, 2006 · Comments (3)

    From Tracy Ringolsby

    Billy Martin died on Christmas Day in 1989, but his legacy lives on. There are six current big-league managers who played for Martin during his managerial career. Bob Geren of Oakland, Willie Randolph of the Mets, Lou Piniella of the Cubs and Jerry Narron of Cincinnati played for Martin with the Yankees. Charlie Manuel of Philadelphia played for Martin in Minnesota, and Mike Hargrove of Seattle played for Martin in Texas.

    There are nine former managers who played for Martin, including Don Baylor (Cubs, Rockies) and Bucky Dent (Yankees), who played for him with the Yankees; Davey Lopes (Milwaukee) and Jim Essian (Cubs), who played for him with Oakland; Jim Fregosi (Angels, White Sox, Phillies and Blue Jays) and Toby Harrah (Rangers), who played for him in Texas; Gene Lamont (Pirates, White Sox) and Frank Howard (Padres, Mets), who played for him in Detroit; and Frank Quilici (Twins), who played for him in Minnesota.

    What, no mention of Joel Skinner?

    This is an interesting list. Good trivia question: Name the two men who played for Billy Martin who went on to manage the Yankees.

    Answer: Piniella and Dent.

    Not that many would remember Bucky.

    Comments on Seed Of Billy

    1. MJ
      November 25th, 2006 | 12:17 pm

      The way I remember Bucky Dent is as part of the famed Bucky-Stump-Buck trio of managers with Torre ruining the chance to hire a man named Stumpy.

    2. Paul
      November 25th, 2006 | 1:11 pm

      LOL, MJ. (I really did laugh out loud.)

      That sounds like a formidible personal injury law firm, Bucky, Stump, Buck & Stumpy.

    3. Raf
      November 26th, 2006 | 9:11 pm

      Not that many would remember Bucky
      With good reason… Wasn’t much to remember (:

      The only thing I remember about the Dent era was that he was fired in Boston after an 18-31 record.

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