It was in the summer of 1979. Bob Lemon had recently been let go 65 games and 34 wins into the season as the manager of the Yankees — the second year in a row he had been replaced midway into the season after earning American League Manager of the Year Award honors for his efforts the previous campaign. And during a lunch with friends back home in Long Beach, Calif., the subject was broached. “Just took a lot of dumb pills in the winter,” said Lemon. It was as good an explanation as any about the fickle life of a big league manager.
John Farrell became the latest proof of the fact that winning, alone, doesn’t guarantee long-term managerial stability.
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