…put in the Bronx.
Joe Torre has decided to stay as manager of the New York Yankees after meeting and being made to feel wanted by Boss George Steinbrenner.
I just wanted to pretty much clear the air on everything that was part of my unhappiness or anger or whatever you want to call it, frustration. I guess you can put all those things under the same heading
I had to not only hear it, but hear the tone in which it was said - Joe Torre
It makes me feel very good. It really does. He’s a good man. I like him. I understand him. I understand what he’s after. I’m very happy to have him. - George Steinbrenner
After staying quiet following the loss to the Angels, only a little over a week ago it feels like months have passed, and listeneing to the Boss praise the Angles team and coach following the series defeat Torre decided he still wants in on the action.
I realize I still want to do this thing. I still want to manage - Joe Torre
Though he said, at the press conference, he still was leaning toward retiring when his current contract expires after the 2007 season.
Well that’s one down, how many to go, technically I suppose it’s 2 down as pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre walked away last week with a blast at George the Yanks trying at this time to replace him with Atlanta Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone. This looks like a good move if they get him, with Mazzone being one of the best regarded pitching coaches about.
Who will the new guy have to work with next season Flash Gordon has already said he wants to be a closer again and not a set-up guy so he could be off.
And how long will we have to waite to see if the club need a new GM, well the end of the month at the latest as that’s when Cashman’s contract is up, he wants back in with more say on the running of things is the word but will the Boss be obliging ?
The ESPN experts tell their picks for the major awards oh look Gammons goes for Ortiz as MVP what a surprise 10-7 win for A-Rod overall though, don’t know if he’d be happy about his mother coming out with the possible reason for the “ALDS failure”.
It’s a no-brainer for the NL MVP with Albert Pujols, nice to see Mariano Rivera get the most nods for the AL Cy Young (Gammons couldn’t bring himself to do so I imagine ;)) yeah there was the shaky start and the odd blip but an outstanding season in total. Surprised not to see Cano get at least one mention for Rookie Of The Year and that Joe got some for manager of the year.
Oh and is Vlad the same big time choker that A-Rod is supposed to be after the ALCS series against the Sox – 1 for 20 a BA of .050 – or do these things tend to be cyclical and players go through peaks and troughs, streaks and slumps ?