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Yankees History: George Steinbrenner a Laughingstock When He Took over the Team

June 22, 1988, the New York Yankees had completed a nine-game road trip in which they lost seven games. Mr. George Steinbrenner fired manager Billy Martin for the fifth time.

The Yankees owner’s actions often made him the laughingstock of the sports world.

Martin replaced Lou Piniella as manager at the start of the 1988 season after Mr. Steinbrenner moved Piniella to the front office as general manager. Piniella had been Yankees' manager in 1986 and again in 1987.

One consequence of the disastrous 2-7 road trip under Martin was that the Yankees dropped out of first place. Guess who took over for Martin? Yes, Mr. Steinbenner moved Piniella from the front office back to the field.

Piniella, who should have known better, ...

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