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THE SPARK IS MISSING
John Papanek
April 03, 1978
Oh, Sparky Lyle's in the Yankees' camp, but baseball is an afterthought because he thinks he's being crowded out of the bullpen
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April 03, 1978

The Spark Is Missing

Oh, Sparky Lyle's in the Yankees' camp, but baseball is an afterthought because he thinks he's being crowded out of the bullpen

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The fact is, Steinbrenner has no intention of trading Lyle. After all, Lyle is asked, if you were the owner and had enough money, who would you want in your bullpen?

"Me," he says.

Anybody else?

"Yeah. Gossage...and...probably Eastwick."

So how would things be different than they are now?

"I would understand what I'm doing to myself mentally."

But even Lyle realizes that the greatest burden will fall upon Martin. If the 1978 Yankee bullpen does not turn out to be the greatest in baseball history, surely the reason will be that Martin mismanaged his relievers. " Gossage and Sparky will both get plenty of work," blurts Martin whenever the question arises. And Eastwick?

"Ask Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner got Eastwick on his own."

Would Martin rather not have Eastwick? "You don't never have enough pitching."

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