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Tommy John: Billy Martin was a bigot

May 6, 2014, 1:01 PM EDT

Tommy John was on the Dan Patrick Show today and had some interesting things about the two most famous managers he played for: Billy Martin and Tommy Lasorda.

Martin, John says, a great manager but he “was not a nice person,” he was a bigot and that he gave his players anxiety about coming to the park each day. Lasorda: maybe not the best Xs and Os manager ever — he credits Gene Mauch with being a great tactician — but says Lasorda was a master motivator who inspired his players:

Obviously both Martin and Lasorda had great success as big league managers. But it’s not too hard to pick which one you’d rather have in charge of your club.

Bonus: John talking about his namesake surgery:

  1. sparkyxproof - May 7, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    The Big Thing with Billy Martin was he always had instant Success ,however due to his Total disrepect for Pitchers he never could have long term success and would eventually become his own worst enemy.

    • don444 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:57 AM

      Meh, with all due respect Martin’s tendency to wear out his welcome time and again despite success on the field involves several issues that are much more complicated than simply his often controversial management of his various pitching staffs or any personal dislike he had for pitchers generally.

  2. don444 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    Martin was a dissolute and thoroughly flawed human being in general, and no, that he was a bigot is not something that’s difficult to believe in the least.

  3. theskinsman - Jun 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Billy Martin being judged by today’s standards is just pointless. Tommy John is a has-been, and ought to be ashamed of himself for being such an attention whore that he has to disparage the dead and the elderly.

    • byjiminy - Jun 25, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      Thanks! Disparaging people is just wrong!

      Um, you do realize calling someone a whore is kind of disparaging?

      Also come to think of it has-been isn’t so nice either.

      Maybe you should have quit after the first sentence?

    • don444 - Jun 26, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      Idiot, the timeframe in question is roughly 1980, not 1780. Overwhelmingly negative response to your ignorant post rather speaks for itself I’d say.

      • theskinsman - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        Ty Cobb wasn’t nice, either. Why don’t all you sob sisters have a good cry over that while you’re in the mood.

  4. ajbaxter1975 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:14 AM

    Billy Martin was a honky.

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