View Full Version : Joe Torre Tells Yanks "No, Thanks,"

Jersey Chick
10-19-2007, 01:05 AM
Just heard it on Fox news - the Yankees made Joe Torre an offer to remain at the helm for $5 mil + a million for each playoff round the Yanks make.

He turned them down.

Candidates -

Joe Girardi

Don Mattingly

Tony La Russa

Bobby Valentine

I say good for Joe - he's probably had more than enough of Steinbrenner's nonsense.

But we'll miss him. A class act.

10-19-2007, 01:09 AM
Good for him. Fark the Yankees. Yea, I said it. Bring it on...

10-19-2007, 01:11 AM
So Joe wants to leave the Yanks? I thought I heard it was the Yanks who were gonna fire Joe - obviously I heard wrong.

I can just see Lou Pinella tripping over himself to try and get on their short list.

Sheryl Nantus
10-19-2007, 01:14 AM
good for him - let him go somewhere that'll appreciate the man.

Steinbrenner is a bum.

Jersey Chick
10-19-2007, 02:34 AM
Steinbrenner said that Torre might not be back next season if the Yanks didn't advance in the playoffs. They didn't and everyone was waiting for the axe to fall. Instead, Steinbrenner must've realized what a HUGE mistake it would be to let Torre go.

Torre got the last laugh. Good for him. :D

10-19-2007, 02:54 AM
The offer was a one-year deal at a significant pay cut, with incentives.

I'm sure they never expected him to accept it. It was just a way to get him to quit, rather than having to fire him and deal with the PR fallout of firing such a well-loved, long-serving employee. (eta: Who took the Yankees to the playoffs for every one of his twelve years.)

Or, depending on how charitable your view of Yankees management is, it was a way of allowing Torre the dignity of making the decision himself.

But I doubt it. The offer was an insult, even though it still would've made Torre the highest-paid manager in the major leagues. Given Steinbrenner's history with managers, it's hard to imagine him providing an easy way out.

Jersey Chick
10-19-2007, 05:34 AM
That' s pretty much how I see it. Steinbrenner doesn't usually give a damn how it looks - he likes the power (Billy Martin had a damn revolving door at Yankee Stadium).

I'll miss Torre - but I'd have hated to see him fired. I'd love to see Donnie Baseball at the helm, but even he says not quite yet. Girardi would be their best bet.

10-19-2007, 05:39 AM
Smart man.. I always liked Torre

May the Yanks be blessed with the likes of Pinella

Jersey Chick
10-19-2007, 07:34 AM
It'd be entertaining, if nothing else. Lou has the best meltdowns since Billy Martin... :D

10-19-2007, 07:44 AM
Very glad to know that Jim Leyland's locked in with Detroit.

10-26-2007, 11:32 PM
I heard Mattingly might be the next manager. There were rumors that he said he wasn't ready, and now I'm hearing that he's the best bet for '08, any word?