Thursday, October 18, 2007

See ya, Skipper

In my previous post, I said the Yankees would offer Joe Torre a one year deal at four million dollars. I was a little off; it was a one year deal worth five million plus up to three million in incentives. Even without the incentives, it would still make Mr. No Bullpen Management the highest paid coach in MLB. Torre didn't accept, which is fine with me.

Tom Verducci does not approve of the Yankees' offer, and here's why:
They spent three days crafting a contract offer they thought would strike just the right balance: just good enough for public relations purposes, but insulting enough that no man of Torre's pride and accomplishments would ever accept. Torre is the most successful manager in modern baseball history. He has delivered the Yankees to 12 consecutive postseasons. The next longest active streak by a franchise? That would be one. His Yankees crashed out of the first round of the postseason this year because a swarm of bugs attacked a rookie pitcher and the winningest pitcher of the past two seasons threw a total of 5 2/3 innings in two starts in the American League Division Series. Such episodes defined the unpredictable nature of postseason play.

You know what? The second part of what he says is absolutely correct. Torre had little to do with the Yanks' loss in the first round this year. On the other hand, Torre had little to do with the Yankees 12 postseason appearances. Torre has consistently been surrounded by a top, high quality team. Always. Most of the managers in the majors could come in and win with a team of Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, Robinson Cano, Chien-Ming Wang, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, etc. These aren't scrubs.
Cashman has fancied himself a Billy Beane-Theo Epstein wanna-be, an intellectual GM known for running an efficient system, especially when it comes to player development, rather than just a guy who writes checks. He has traded veterans for prospects, embraced sabermetrics and surrounded himself with young number-crunchers who get jazzed about PlayStation tournaments. The more he has put his self-worth in the image of cutting-edge GM the less Torre and his old-school ways became relevant.

Agreed. Cashman understands baseball better than a guy that wants to have Derek Jeter bunt.
We've already heard Hank tell us that he personally insists that Joba Chamberlain start next season. Are these Cashman's baseball operations any more?

Um...Chamberlain should start. He's a really good pitcher and the Yankees need really good pitchers in their I already said last post.

EDIT 10/19: Forgot to link to the Verducci article. Also, Torre is insulted with a potentially $8 million dollar offer for one year? He's lucky he got that.

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