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Stump Merrill

Carl Harrison "Stump" Merrill (born February 15, 1944 in Brunswick, Maine) is a former manager in Major League Baseball who served as manager of the New York Yankees in

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Baseball career

Playing

Merrill began his baseball career as a catcher for the Maine Black Bears, where he also played football and earned a degree in physical education. He was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the

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Managerial

Merrill's managerial record started in

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In

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Merrill joined the New York Yankees in

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During the

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In

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In

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Stump returned to New York in

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Note: Year-by-year career details taken from Norwich Navigators media guide and game programs.

Nickname

Merrill's nickname, "Stump," was given to him in 1963 by Jack Butterfield, his college baseball coach at Maine. Merrill recalled of the coining: "In my freshman year, we were walking out of the field house. I was with a tall pitcher who was about 6-foot-5. Just as we were outside, Jack Butterfield was trying to get my attention. He hollered at me three or four times and I didn't hear him. Finally he said, 'hey Stump you little devil, turn around.' The pitcher heard it, and I guess it stuck."[2]

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Mike Ferraro
West Haven Yankees Manager
1978–1979
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became Nashville Sounds
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were the West Haven Yankees
Nashville Sounds Manager
1980–1981
Succeeded by
Johnny Oates
Preceded by
Doug Holmquist
Fort Lauderdale Yankees Manager
1982–83
Succeeded by
Jim Marshall
Preceded by
Johnny Oates
Columbus Clippers Manager
1984
Succeeded by
Doug Holmquist
Preceded by
Lou Piniella
New York Yankees First Base Coach
1984
Succeeded by
Doug Holmquist
Preceded by
Doug Holmquist
Columbus Clippers Manager
1985
Succeeded by
Barry Foote
Preceded by
Roy White
New York Yankees First Base Coach
1987
Succeeded by
Mike Ferraro
Preceded by
Tommy Jones
Albany-Colonie Yankees Manager
1988
Succeeded by
Buck Showalter
Preceded by
Mark Weidemaier
Prince William Cannons Manager
1989
Succeeded by
Gary Denbo
Preceded by
Rick Down
Columbus Clippers Manager
1990
Succeeded by
Rick Down
Preceded by
Bucky Dent
New York Yankees Manager
1990–1991
Succeeded by
Buck Showalter
Preceded by
Rick Down
Columbus Clippers Manager
1993–1994
Succeeded by
Bill Evers
Preceded by
Bill Evers
Columbus Clippers Manager
1996–1999
Succeeded by
Trey Hillman
Preceded by
Dan Radison
Norwich Navigators Manager
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Luis Sojo
Preceded by
Frank Howard
Columbus Clippers Manager
2002
Succeeded by
Bucky Dent
Preceded by
previously Red Sox affiliate
Trenton Thunder Manager
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Bill Masse