Who is the greatest Yankee manager of all time? The list of candidates is very impressive: Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Billy Martin, Joe Torre. According to Chris Jaffe, author of the soon to be released “Evaluating Baseball’s Managers”, McCarthy wins hands down. In an interview over at Bronx Banter, Jaffe addresses the relative merits of several great Yankee managers of the past as well as those of the current skipper.
Even though it is hard to argue with McCarthy, whose teams, as Jaffe notes, were dominant in the post season, I do think you need to give Casey Stengel some credit for dealing with the handicap of a relatively un-integrated team. That might not have been such a big issue in the American League, but it surely must have played a role when Stengel’s Yankees would face the likes of the Giants, Dodgers and Braves in the World Series.