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Little Piece of Brain Leaves With Sportwriter by red

Possibly one of the most idiotic articles I’ve ever seen in the New York Times, this dandy was written by William Rodhen, called “Little Piece of Yankees leaves with Legends.” You know by the title it’s going to be bad.

This is from the same man who, after pointing out that absolutely no one wants to see the legend that is Joe Torre go, that those who do are, well, idiots, and explained that the proper way to rate a manager was by the number of world series he won flat-out, he suggested the Yankee hire Dusty Basker. DUSTY BAKER. Then promptly insinuated not only that all loyal Yankee fans are white, but insulted everyone who isn’t African-American and a Yankee fan by saying this:

Would loyal Yankees fans accept a manager of color? Loyal Yankees fans want to get back to the World Series, and that is not going to happen with the team as it is currently configured.

Thankfully, he said that they would accept “a manager of color,” but only because there is no other option with the team “as it is configured.” Seriously, why the hell did he even bring this up?

Now, he’s written this unappetizing column all about that “Little Piece” of the entire Yankee soul that has left, leaving the Yankees a disgusting, disrespectful, classless, ugly, godless organization. Yeah, that’s it. Now let’s break it down:

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. – A line began forming outside the Yogi Berra Museum at 11:30 yesterday morning. By noon, despite the rain and chill, the line had expanded to more than 100. By 2:30, nearly 1,000 fans had lined up and passed through the museum to have Don Mattingly sign copies of his new book, “Hitting Is Simple.” There were toddlers in strollers, teenagers, young adults, and men and women who had been Yankee fans for decades. They wanted to say hello and goodbye to a favorite son, the beloved Donnie Baseball.

OK, I can see that. Like everyone else, it’s amazing to meet a legend like Mattingly, looks like he’s got a good book even if the title is an oxymoron, it all sounds like a good time.

The overcast skies and somber receiving line gave the event the feel of a wake,

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Update: Williams denies rumors by red
November 10, 2007, 11:43 am
Filed under: Joe Torre, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, New York Yankees

In response to my last post, Bernie William has now dismissed the idea that he would come back to play for the Dodgers:

“I’ve been listening to all the things that have been said, and all the news and everything,” Williams said. “I’ve been kind of an outsider looking into the whole situation. It’s kind of bizarre to look at it from outside. But no, I don’t think I have any plans to do anything like that at this point.”

This makes more sense. I didn’t think that Williams would want to do something like that, and now it seems it’s just Torre trying to give Bernie a little nudge and wink, trying to persuade him to join. But by the way Bernie’s talking, I don’t think he’s returning.


In other news: According to that same article, Joe Torre is writing a memoir with Tom Verducci on his time with the Yankees.

“The book will be as honest and as forthright as Joe Torre has been throughout his career, including his time with the Yankees,” Verducci said in a statement released by the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group. “It will provide a revealing look at the dynasty with which he will forever be associated, and will bring readers into the dugout and the clubhouse like never before.”

In other words, Torre will respectfully bash the Yankees while praising Jeter, Williams, O’Neill, and (who could forget!11!1!!) Scott Brosius. Seriously, everyone’s talking about how little respect Torre’s gotten and doesn’t realize the surprisingly little amount of respect Torre is giving the Yankees. Both sides are at fault here. Torre has been a great manager for 12 years, but like pretty much everyone over 30 in baseball nowadays, he can’t look ahead, he continues to only look back, and doesn’t realize that maybe it is time for some sort of change. It’s what any right-minded organization would do.

Oddly enough, this reminds me of a passage from the great play Inherit the Wind.

Brady: Why is it, my old friend, that you have moved so far away from me?

Drummond: All motion is relative. Perhaps it is you who have moved away – by standing still.


Give me a break! by red
November 10, 2007, 10:28 am
Filed under: Joe Torre, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, New York Yankees | Tags:

Joe Torre is trying to turn the Dodgers into the Yankees. According to the NY Times, he’s trying to persuade poor old veteran Bernie Williams to return to baseball, as a Dodger:

Neither Williams nor Torre would dismiss speculation last night that Williams could return to the major leagues in 2008, perhaps as a member of the Dodgers.

“We haven’t talked about it, but I certainly wouldn’t close the door as far as listening to him and taking a look and seeing,” Torre said.

Now don’t get me wrong – Bernie Williams was one of my favorite players ever, like pretty much every Yankee fan. A very classy guy, great hitter, a great Yankee. I’m more annoyed with Torre, and how it seems he’s trying to transfer everybody and everything from the Yanks over to LA with him. The whole point of moving to a new team is that’s it’ a new team. Torre kept talking about his press conference about the fact that he was “unfamiliar” with most of the players he will meet on the Dodgers, which is understandable. But it’s almost like he can’t stand a new team, and so he’s going to try to bring in as many people he knew from his Yankee days to the Dodgers. Numerous sources say he’s also trying to bring A-Rod in. This offseason is going to be crazy, and it’s going to drastically change the faces of many organizations.

Can’t wait!


N.Y. Daily News: Joe Girardi apparent leader in race for Yanks’ manager by 27yankees


The Yankees apparently have reached a decision on a new manager, which they are prepared to announce Sunday or Monday, and there were increasing signs Saturday night pointing to Joe Girardi.

As has been stated by Yankee ownership, GM Brian Cashman is the one who will make the recommendation to ownership based on his interviews with all three candidates – Girardi, Don Mattingly and Tony Peña – along with advice from all his baseball people.

The recommendation then would need to be given final approval by the Steinbrenner family.

While nobody in the Yankee high command was prepared to speculate on Cashman’s favorite, sources familiar with the GM’s thinking pointed out that Girardi had all the characteristics – an analytical approach, organizational skills that come from having already managed (the Florida Marlins) and a proven ability to handle a pitching staff – Cashman is thought to be looking for.

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Donny looks like the frontrunner by red

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Mattingly to interview for managerial job

NEW YORK — Don Mattingly will travel to New York next week to interview for the Yankees’ managerial vacancy, his agent has confirmed.

Ray Schulte said that general manager Brian Cashman reached out to Mattingly on Friday to express the club’s interest in him for the position, which officially became vacant when Joe Torre turned down a one-year contract on Thursday.

I think that Mattingly has the edge for the job, just because he’s already in the organization, he’s trusted, he was the greatest Yankee 1B since Gehrig, he was given the bench coach job for a reason, Girardi hasn’t been directly involved in the orginization the last year, Tony La Russa is an idiot, Bobby Valentine probably isn’t coming back to the states and the Yankees don’t seem to be that interested in him anyway… I could probably go on, but most things just point to Mattingly and seem to say he has the edge.

When pondering whether Mattingly is best for the job, you’ve got to ask if experience specifically managing a club is important; All the managerial experience Mattingly is only one year as a bench coach, but then again Girardi has only one year managing a club too. Honestly, I think experience is quite overrated when it comes to managers. These guys have been playing baseball and been in the game forever, they won’t suddenly not know how to run the game or deal with players. With Mattingly especially he was almost the on-field manager for years, the leader of the club. I think Mattingly would probably make wiser managerial moves than Girardi overall, and it’s really up in the air as to which influences the best “clubhouse chemistry.” If I had my way, I would take Mattingly – as I said, though there are no standout pros, there are no real cons either. That, combined with the fact that he’s familiar with the organization, and that he is after all Don Mattingly, makes him the most likely candidate.

So, umm… good luck?


An era come and gone by red
October 18, 2007, 3:55 pm
Filed under: Joe Torre, MLB, New York Yankees

So that’s it. According to ESPN, Joe Torre has turned down an offer by the Yankees.

The Yankees offered Torre a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million and incentives that would have increased his salary to $8 million based on postseason performance. Under that offer, if Torre reached the World Series in 2008, an option for 2009 would have vested.

“We felt we needed to go to a performance-based mode,” team president Randy Levine said. “We thought it was very fair. It clearly was at the top of the market, but we respect Joe’s decision.”

…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.

Cashman said there will be a full search for a replacement.

All I can say is that I’m glad Torre specifically turned it down and wasn’t fired, so that Mo and/or Jorge and Pettitte won’t suddenly hate the Yankees for it. So, it’s gone from George and Joe to Hank and… Don/Joe/Tony. If they sign La Russa, I will seriously question my loyalty to the Yankees, he’s just the worst possible manager not only in the market but probably in baseball period.

Well, maybe that Norse prophecy is coming true.

The Ultimate Demise of the NY Times sport section… by red

The Squirrel…begins with articles like these. I don’t mind it, but I’m sure other people will. It’s actually a pretty cool random article, but then at the same time I’d much rather find this in a blog than in one of the most prestigious newspapers in America.

The squirrel, she said at the time, resembled Ratatosk, a creature in Norse mythology that precipitated the destruction of the world (including the eagle, or the Yankees, who, after all, have made an eagle part of their on-field ceremonies) by the evil dragon (or the Red Sox).

And while she was at it yesterday, she weighed in on the midges, explaining that in Norse mythology, wizards often surrounded people with swarms of insects and fog in scenes not that dissimilar to the disaster that befell Chamberlain. There is a lake in Iceland called Myvatn, or midge lake, she said. Continue reading