• Billy Martin’s Passing – 20 Years Ago, Today

    Posted by on December 25th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Typically, in situations like this, I would find myself saying “Has it really been 20 years? It seems like it was just yesterday.” But, in this case, to be candid, it seems like it’s been more than 20 years. Not sure why? Truly, for some reason, it seems like Billy Martin, his time as a Yankees manager, and his passing, was a long, long, time ago. Perhaps it’s because the Yankees, today, and for the last 15 years or so, are such a different animal than they were 20-30 years ago…at least to me. (Then again, maybe it’s me who is the different animal now?)

    In any event, Arne Christensen has the anniversary of Billy’s passing covered here and memories of Martin here. Check them both out.

    Comments on Billy Martin’s Passing – 20 Years Ago, Today

    1. Raf
      December 26th, 2009 | 3:01 am

      Wow, it has been 20 years… Time just flew by. You’re right, the Yankees back then were a different organization than they are now. The 89 Yankees were a bad team, supassed by the 1990 squad. The 89 team was the first to finish under .500 since 82.

      Baseball is different now. Back then;
      The Skydome was new, the AL said goodbye to Exhibition Stadium

      Tampa Bay, Colorado, Florida (Miami), Washington & AZ didn’t have MLB teams.

      The Brewers were in the AL

      There were no Central division, nor was there a wildcard. No interleague play either.

      The Expos actually made a run for the pennant, acquiring players like Mark Langston and John Candlearia

      Fenway Park, Oakland Alameda Stadium, Anaheim Stadium & Kauffman Stadium hadn’t undergone major renovations.

      Tiger Stadium, Veterans Stadium, Yankee Stadium, Three Rivers Stadium, Shea Stadium, County Stadium, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, Busch Stadium, Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Memorial Stadium, Turnpike Stadium, Jack Murphy Stadium, Comiskey Park, the Kingdome, the Metrodome, the Astrodome, Riverfront Stadium, Stade Olympique and Candlestick Park were still in use.

      KC led AL payroll with $18,683,568, the Dodgers led MLB with $21,071,562. Orel Hersheiser was MLB’s highest paid player @ $2,766,667.

    2. MJ
      December 26th, 2009 | 8:50 am

      Raf wrote:

      KC led AL payroll with $18,683,568, the Dodgers led MLB with $21,071,562.

      First, it’s just hysterical to think of the Royals as having “high priced stars” at any point, even though I remember this as well. Brett, Quisenberry, Saberhagen, etc. had to be paid!

      Second, considering that A-Rod, CC, Jeter and a few others make as much as the Royals and Dodgers were making 20 years ago, it’s an absolute travesty that Marvin Miller isn’t in the Hall of Fame. I don’t know who makes the call to keep him out but it reeks of sour grapes. The players are earning what they deserve, in most cases.

    3. Tresh Fan
      December 26th, 2009 | 10:12 am

      Time is the measurement of change. If there is little or no change, little or no time will have appeared to pass. If there is much change….well…

      Per example, when the Yankees won the ’77 World Series it had been only 7 years since their “false spring” 1970 season, yet it seemed that a full generation had passed. Ownership had changed, the front office had changed, the ball park had changed, the field manager had changed, the entire roster save for Roy White and Thurman Munson had changed, and even the uniforms had changed. The Five Year Plan had been sunk. Free Agency had emerged. It was an entirely new “New New York Yankees” (their ’70 moniker) that we were rooting on.

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