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Gene Michael, architect of 1990s Yankees dynasty, dies at age 79

07 September 2017

As a player, Michael played 10 seasons, seven with the Yankees, as a shortstop and second baseman.

Michael served as the manager of the Yankees in 1981-82 and as their GM from 1991-95. For his career he was a.229/.288/.284 hitter. He'd be relieved of his duties in the middle of that pennant winning season and then rehired 15 games into the 1982 season, replacing Bob Lemon, the man who had replaced him the season before. Over the next four years he'd have his greatest success and build both his and the Yankees' legacy.

Michael's ties to the Yankees organization went far beyond his stint as the team's general manager.

With Michael at the helm, the Yankees would acquire either via draft, trade or global signing the nucleus of the next Yankees dynasty in players such as Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Paul O'Neil and David Cone.

The New York Daily News first reported the passing of Michael, whose instincts as a top-notch scout and personality in dealing with his strong-willed boss, owner George Steinbrenner, paid off in four world championships from 1996-2000.

After his run as GM, Michael stuck with the organization, serving as the vice-president of major league scouting until 2003, when he was promoted to vice president and senior adviser. The Yankees have since confirmed the news.

"His contributions to the Yankees over the years have been immeasurable". But if it wasn't for Gene Michael, there's a good chance that the story would be much shorter.

"RIP Gene Michael. So very sad to hear this news".

Gene Michael, architect of 1990s Yankees dynasty, dies at age 79