Winning No Guarantee of Managerial Stability

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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