It should be much easier for La Russa to handle his two-closer conundrum than it was for either Billy Martin, the former Yankees manager, or Bob Lemon, who replaced Martin midseason in 1978. Lyle was disgruntled enough over the setup role and Gossage’s much higher salary that he wrote a best-selling book about it. A Sports Illustrated review of “The Bronx Zoo” said, “Lyle whines so loudly and so often about his miserable 1978 salary — it was $135,000 — that a muzzle is in order.”
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