Oct
09

Yanks face end of an era, but which one?

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Everyone likes to point their fingers. (Photo from Newsday/Paul J. Bereswill)

When the dust finally settles in a few days, an era of Yankee baseball will end. How this drama plays out, though, will determine which era ends, and the end result could be something of a surprise.

In one corner, we have George Steinbrenner threatening the end of the Joe Torre Era. If you take the interview with Ian O’Connor at face value, Torre’s gone. The Yanks didn’t make it past the first round of the playoffs for the third year in a row, let alone win a World Series, and King George is not happy.

For now, the going school of belief seems to be that Steinbrenner’s threats were not idle and that Torre is gone. The Yankee skipper spoke of the team not as a “we” but as a “them” during the post-game press conference last night. Peter Abraham noted a few other indications concerning the imminent departure of Joe Torre, and Bill Madden at The Daily News speculates that the Tony La Russa-Dave Duncan team may be Bronx bound.

But what if? What if George Steinbrenner’s interview featured the words of an aging and nearly deposed dictator? What if Brian Cashman enlists the help of the heir-apparent Hal Steinbrenner to push for Torre’s return? What if the rumors of Tony La Russa’s arrival in the Bronx raises too many alarm bells among the Yankee decision-makers?

If the Torre faction within the Yankees can outlast those doubting him, another era will end in the Bronx. The Era of the Boss would officially be over. We know, thanks to Portfolio magazine, that george is not well these days. If Joe Torre keeps his job, Steinbrenner’s public words and Yankee clout are all but gone.

Right now, no one really knows what should happen. Joe Torre made a few bad managing mistakes this week that cost the Yankees at least game two and maybe game four. He has a history of mismanaging the bullpen, but he knows how to handle the Yankees. Furthermore, the players – such as free agents Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada – love him. If he goes, they may go too.

So it becomes a showdown yet again between the Boss and the only man more powerful than the Boss in the eyes of the New York sports media. In a few days or hours or minutes, someone will win and an era will end. Whatever the outcome, it will affect the Yankees for years to come.

Categories : Rants
  • Jesse G.

    Am I the only for whom the idea of La Russa in pinstripes induces nausea?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      You are definitely not the only one. I’d rather drop a toaster into my bathtub than sit through a season of the Yanks being managed by my least favorite person in baseball.

      • Jesse G.

        Exactly. He is the worst of all possible worlds. A manger whose tactics I despise even more than Torre (who is fine if you get beyond bullpen management and overeliance on veterans) and a manager who I think is a straight up bad person with poor morals (see his total nonchalance about his own drunk driving and refusal to speak about it in the wake of a players death directly related to drunk driving).

        • mg

          I wanted Torre gone as much as the next hater, but not for LaRussa. I’d rather gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon.

          Valentine would be ok with me. So would Bowa or Pena. I’d just as soon not see Mattingly or Girardi get the job, although Girardi would make sense as a bench coach.

          • Jesse G.

            I totally agree with this. I wanted Torre out too, especially after some of the dumb moves he made in this series (not to mention all season and the one before that) but man, I don’t know what I will do if they hire La Russa.

  • http://highandtight.blogspot.com Mr. Faded Glory

    Joe Torre made a few bad managing mistakes this week that cost the Yankees at least game two and maybe game four. He has a history of mismanaging the bullpen, but he knows how to handle the Yankees. Furthermore, the players – such as free agents Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada – love him.

    How can there be a “but” after admitting Torre blew 2 games in a 5 game series? So long Joe, it’s long overdue

  • Marsha

    If Joe stays and George “goes,” that does not count as the end of an era in my book. George has been gone all season if not longer. Howard Rubinstein must have taken a 3-day weekend if George was allowed to spout off to a reporter on Saturday. And how many times has George threaten to fire Joe and then Joe returns yet again? I, for one, hope Joe stays although I will admit he made some managerial mistakes this year, but no one else commands the respect of the team like Joe does. And if Joe’s departure means the departure of Jorge, Mo, and Andy, I’ll keep Joe around any day.

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  • http://attyahoo pete

    We regrouped on the fly this year and made the playoffs. If you can put the pieces together like we did in stride., then imagine how much better we will be next year with a little thought. leave Joe alone We will win next year.

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