Sure, I think
Marty Marion's a good manager. Only thing I don't like about him," the
Chicago White Sox fan said, "is the way he handles his pitchers. Look right
now; bases loaded, a left-handed pinch hitter and the pitcher's lost his stuff.
Casey Stengel would be right out there and change that pitcher...but not
He pointed to the visitors' bullpen in the Cleveland Stadium. " Marion has a
right-hander warming up. He should have a left-hander out there and put him in
right now and not let that bum throw another ball."
deliberately, Marty Marion ambled long-leggedly toward the mound. He spoke
briefly to the troubled pitcher, and with eyes averted from the stands
leisurely made his way back to the dugout.
"How do yuh
like that? He's leaving him in there. He deserves to lose this one, doing a
dumb thing like that!"
flied out, and the side was retired with no runs scored. The White Sox
eventually won the game.
" 'Put in a
left-handed pitcher!' " It was after the game and Marty Marion echoed the
thought as though it hurt him to say the words. "What left-handed pitcher?
Billy Pierce? He pitched yesterday. Jack Harshman? He's pitching tomorrow. I
only wish I had another left-handed pitcher. Maybe that guy who knows so much
could tell me where I could get one.
became a manager I didn't realize there were so many good baseball managers in
the world. 'Take him out! Take him out!' they always scream when the pitcher's
wild and your lead is being wrecked. They think just because you bring in a
different pitcher, he'll be able to get the batter out.
"They say one
of the things you have to do to be a successful manager is to be able to know
when to change pitchers, and I guess that's true to a certain point, but
whether you can change when you would like to depends on what you have in the
bullpen. You also have to consider the pitcher's background, his past
performances, the conditions he's playing under. Is it hot? Is it cool? Can he
get left-handers or right-handers out? Who's hitting?
thing I ask myself is this: 'When I take a pitcher out, is the guy I'm bringing
in any better?' Chances are, nine times out of 10, if you leave the guy in
there he's more apt to get out of the situation than if you bring the guy in
from the bullpen.
that one manager is so much smarter than the other is a lot of nonsense,"
Marion continued, obviously seething at the critic who had compared him
unfavorably to Casey Stengel. "Most big league managers are smart, but some
of them have better players than the others. I'm no smarter now than when I
managed the Browns who finished last. The boys who wear the White Sox uniforms
have made the difference."