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Why Casey Stengel didn’t rely on stars

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He didn’t invent the practice of “platooning” players in baseball, but Casey Stengel honed it to the point that, under his 12-year leadership, the New York Yankees won 10 American League championships and seven World Series. 

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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