• Stump Merrill Retires

    Posted by on December 21st, 2006 · Comments (6)

    From the Bangor Daily News

    The Husson College baseball team will hold its annual Hot Stove Banquet and Sports Memorabilia Auction on Jan. 14 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Dickerman Dining Commons on the Husson campus.

    The event, which is $20 for the general public, includes a spaghetti dinner, hot stove talk, and a sports memorabilia auction. The money raised at the event will benefit the Husson baseball team’s spring training trip to Florida in March.

    Along with Husson head coach Dr. John Winkin, headlining the event will be Carl “Stump” Merrill, who is retiring after a 30-year career with the New York Yankees.

    After graduating from the University of Maine, Merrill played minor league baseball for six years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. His managing career started in 1978 with the West Haven Yankees, and he went on to manage at every minor league level.

    In 1985, Merrill joined the parent club as a first base coach under manager Yogi Berra. He was named Yankee manager in June 1990 and managed the rest of that season and all of the 1991 season.

    Merrill is currently a special assistant to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, and he will receive the Husson Sports Leadership Award for his lifetime of dedication to the game of baseball.

    Ah, the 1991 Yankees – the last team in the Bronx to lose 90+ games in a season. That whole Dallas Green-Bucky Dent-Stump Merrill era (or should I say “error”) was a really bad time in Yankeeland.

    From 1989 through 1991 might just be the worst three-year period in Yankees history since the 1910’s. That’s a tough legacy for Stumpy.

    Comments on Stump Merrill Retires

    1. Raf
      December 21st, 2006 | 9:43 am

      That’s a tough legacy for Stumpy.
      Yeah, but you have to admit, he wasn’t given much to work with. He was a company man who was in the right place at the right time. Had Martin been alive, I think he would’ve been hired instead of Merrill.

      It was a fairly quick turnaround from 1990; contention in 1993 (Maybe Maddux & Cone along with Key would’ve made a difference?), and we all know what happened from 1994 on…

    2. brockdc
      December 21st, 2006 | 12:54 pm

      We’ll never know what kind of manager Stump really was because his pitching staffs were an abomination. The biggest frustration of those late 80’s-early 90’s teams was that, each offseason, there was always an aggressive push for the shiniest new OF-DH type – be it Jack Clark, Mike Easler, or Ken Phelps – along with perfunctory attempts at signing the most mediocre of starters (Steve Trout, Ed Whitson, et. al).

    3. brockdc
      December 21st, 2006 | 12:56 pm

      The above posting should read “staff was” as opposed to “staffs were.” My apologies.

    4. singledd
      December 21st, 2006 | 12:58 pm

      I haven’t checked the stats, I’m just going from (rapidly approaching senility) memory.
      If I had to guess, I’d day 66-68 were the Yankees worst 3 years.
      10th place out of 10 all 3 years? I’d better check.

    5. Raf
      December 21st, 2006 | 2:35 pm

      It appears the Yanks of the early 90’s were worse than the Yanks of the late 60’s

      89: .460 (5)
      90: .414 (7)
      91: .438 (5)

      65: .475 (6)
      66: .440 (10)
      67: .444 (9)

    6. redbug
      December 21st, 2006 | 6:02 pm

      At least you could get great seats at a reasonable price.

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