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StlersGuy
10-19-2007, 08:45 AM
NEW YORK -- After all he had accomplished -- four World Series titles, 12 straight years in the playoffs, almost certain entry into the Hall of Fame -- and after all the indignities, this was one Joe Torre wasn't going to stand for.

He wasn't going to take a pay cut from the New York Yankees, no matter that he still would have been the highest-paid manager in baseball, and he certainly wasn't going to prove himself all over again.

Torre walked away Thursday, turning down a $5 million, one-year contract --
$2.5 million less than he made this season, when the Yankees failed to make it past the first round of the playoffs for the third straight year.

"A difficult day," general manager Brian Cashman said. "He will always be a Yankee."

Bench coach Don Mattingly is the leading contender to replace Torre. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi, the NL manager of the year with Florida in 2006, is another top contender. Tony La Russa and Bobby Valentine could also be considered.

Most Yankees fans could see this day coming.

After losing the first two playoff games to the Cleveland Indians, owner George Steinbrenner said he didn't think Torre would be asked back if the Yankees didn't advance. New York hasn't won it all since 2000.

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AZ_Steeler
10-19-2007, 12:34 PM
Now if A-Rod leaves then the fall of the evil empire has officially begun!!! :bwah:

Prosdo
10-19-2007, 12:37 PM
I hope so. The Yankees are part of the reason I have lost interest in baseball.

Dee Mca
10-19-2007, 04:16 PM
I think the whole ordeal is a slap in the face to Joe Torre. They made him wait then they cut the money out from under him. It isn't like the Yankee's don't over pay for players why not overpay for a mgr. On the season he had 14 different starting pitchers and only 6 of them had a winning record. Only 3 starters won more then 10 games. Out of the 18 relief only 6 of them had winning records. Not to mention the 15 blown save chances. Wasn't all Joe's fault. If they weren't going to offer him a decent deal should have told him up front not made him wait.

Hawk Believer
10-19-2007, 09:04 PM
Nice to see someone fire Stienbrenner for a change.

SteelCityMan786
10-20-2007, 12:35 AM
Nice to see someone fire Stienbrenner for a change.

amen to that. It's about time someone has the balls to stand up to him. No matter what his age is.