Bob Lemon, Manager

Data: The perfect Yankee skipper: he doesn't appear to do much, and in actuality, he doesn't have to do much . . . Replaced Billy Martin during 1978 season and won the World Series, then was replaced by Martin during 1979 season . . . Seems unfazed by players' bickering and owner George Steinbrenner's tinkering.

Bob Watson, 1B

1981: Season average .212; divisional playoff .438; league championship .250. Data: Formerly platooned, he began playing every day in final month of season . . . He helps and hurts the Yankees: his bat remains dangerous, and his glove remains dangerously immobile . . . A career .300 hitter.

Willie Randolph, 2B

1981: Season average, .232; divisional playoff, .200; league championship, .333. Data: Has not made an error in 32 postseason games . . . Questionable in clutch-hitting situations (one RBI in 39 World Series at-bats) and losing favor among Yankee faithful.

Graig Nettles, 3B

1981: Season average .244; divisional playoff .059; league championship .500. Data: Possibly the best Yankee third baseman ever, and his postseason fielding exploits make Oriole fans nostalgic for Brooks Robinson . . . Before arguing with Reggie Jackson over cocktails in Oakland, he drove in nine runs against the A's in three games.

Larry Milbourne, SS

1981: Season average .313; divisional playoff: .316; league championship .462. Data: A lifetime .249 hitter, he has filled in more than adequately for injured Bucky Dent . . . His fielding doesn't match that of Dent's, but he managed some sparkling plays against Brewers and A's.

Dave Winfield, LF

1981: Season average .294; divisional playoff .350; league championship .154. Data: At $23 million, he proved a bargain, contributing to his team in some way virtually every game . . . "A Punch and Judy hitter," according to Billy Martin, but he led team with 39 extra-base hits and nine game-winning RBI.

Jerry Mumphrey, CF

1981: Season average .307; divisional playoff .095; league championship .500. Data: Best Yankee center fielder since Bobby Murcer's first stint in early 1970s . . . Along with fellow San Diego exile Dave Winfield, pumps needed speed into homer-happy lineup . . . A career .282 hitter.

Reggie Jackson, RF

1981: Season average .237; divisional playoff .300; league championship .000. Data: When October comes, the nation chews Reggie bars and Reggie drives fancy cars, usually after winning World Series MVP honors. His World Series stats: .360 average with nine homers and 23 RBI in 86 at-bats.

Rick Cerone, C

1981: Season average .244; divisional playoff .333; league championship .100. Data: One of the team's guttier players, despite all his problems with Steinbrenner . . . 1980 was the only solid season of his career; this year he threw out only 13 of 41 base stealers.

Tommy John, P

1981: 9-8, 2.63 ERA. Data: An excellent seven-inning pitcher (No. 1) . . . A knack for keeping the ball low and extremely effective when helped by Yankee Stadium's Death Valley, home of the 425-foot out . . . The AL's top winner since 1979.

Ron Guidry, P

1981: 11-5, 2.91 ERA. Data: An excellent seven-inning pitcher (No. 2) . . . He lost his slider in the summer of 1980 and found it during the summer of 1981 . . . A career .719 pitcher (87-34), he was 2-0 with 1.50 ERA in 1977 and '78 World Series.

Dave Righetti, P

1981: 8-4, 2.05 ERA. Data: An excellent seven-inning pitcher (No. 3) . . . Incredibly, at 22 years of age, he looks as comfortable and cool in pin stripes as Whitey Ford . . . After 6-10 campaign with 4.60 ERA in Class AAA last year, he was knocked out before seventh inning only once in 15 starts in 1981.


1981: 4-4, 2.66 ERA, six saves. Data: Part of Yankee starters' success is that they know they can go six of seven innings before Davis and Goose Gossage finish up . . . He sticks with his fast ball, but can get rattled and is no certainty in a save situation.

Goose Gossage, P

1981: 3-2, 0.77 ERA, 20 saves. Data: He is a certainty in any save situation . . . Has saved 20 or more games five times since 1975 . . . Relies almost exclusively on his fast ball, but will go to his slider, a much more unreliable pitch.

The Others

Data: When New York wants Yankee Stadium bleacher power, they turn to lefties Oscar Gamble, Bobby Murcer or Dave Revering, all capable of punching balls over the friendly 310-foot wall in right field . . . When New York wants spark and combativeness, the Yankees turn to fiery Lou Piniella, a crowd favorite with a .286 mark in three World Series . . . When New York wants to rest Ron Davis and Goose Gossage, the Yanks turn to Dave LaRoche (2.49 ERA) and George Frazier (1.57), who were highly valuable in spot roles. After winning the league ERA crown in 1980, Rudy May (4.14) disappointed this season and is reduced to spot duty from the bullpen in the playoffs. His misfortune is that he's now the fourth best left-handed starter on the club.