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BILL JAMES BOOK ON MANAGERS IS MUCH BETTER
on March 10, 2013
This is only a pedestrian account of Casey Stengel who won ten pennants and seven World Series as manager of the Yankees, a record of success unequaled in professional sports. Creamer does not adequately explain how Stengel was able to do this. Casey revived the platoon system in use since the nineteenth century but most spectacularly employed by George Stallings in 1914. Stalling's Braves were dead last on July 4, breezed to the pennant and the beat the Athletics, one of the greatest teams in baseball history, in four games. Casey remembered Stalling's tactics and achieved similar spectacular results using them during his tenure with the Yankees. Everything else he did went against the book. He used lead-off hitters with poor on base percentages, had no fixed pitching rotation and would use pinch hitters early in games if the situation warranted it. Bill James does an excellent job explaining all this in his book on Managers on sale at amazon.