He didn’t invent the practice of “platooning” players in baseball, but Casey Stengel honed it to the point that, under his 12-year
Before Stengel took over the Yankees in 1949, most managers played a set lineup day in and day out.
Stengel juggled lineups regularly, often playing a catcher in the outfield or an outfielder at first base in an effort to squeeze the most from his 25-man roster and as a way to allow slumping or injured players to rest.
Lesson: Cultivate a deep bench. It will come in handy when one of your go-to people leaves or is temporarily unavailable.
— Adapted from Casey: The Life and Legend of Charles Dillon Stengel, Joseph Durso, Prentice-Hall.
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