Thursday, October 18, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Torre Turns Down Yankees Offer

That's right,foor the first time in 12 years the Yankee will NOT be lead by Joe Torre. The following is the article from the NY Times Blog......

The Yankees offered Manager Joe Torre a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million and the chance to make another $3 million in performance bonuses. But after 12 years and 12 postseason appearances (including four World Series titles), Torre turned it down.

“We respect his decision. We appreciate everything he’s done. But it is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward, and we will be doing it very quickly,” team President Randy Levine said.

General Manager Brian Cashman said that Torre’s successor has not been named, nor have potential candidates been formally identified. “I can promise you that the process is going to take some time,” Cashman said. “I ask for everyone’s patience as we review the individuals and make recommendations to ownership.”

Under the deal he was offered, Torre would have received a $1 million bonus for reaching the playoffs, another $1 million for reaching the American League Championship Series and $1 million if the team made the World Series. If he did lead the Yankees to the World Series in 2008, there would have been an $8 million option for the 2009 season.

Torre flew to Tampa earlier today and meet with Yankees officials at Legends Field, a day after George Steinbrenner, his sons and other Yankees executives held two days of meetings about the manager’s future.

Torre arrived at Legends at around 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. The meeting lasted a little more than an hour. Torre left the complex .

All of the higher-ups were present at Legends, including principal owner George Steinbrenner and his sons, Hank and Hal; President Randy Levine; General Manager Brian Cashman; and Chief Operating Officer Lonn Trost.

What's your guys' responses to this?



Anonymous said...

What did you guys think of manny's comments last night? "not The end of the World" "next year" etc?

Joe Grav said...

typical media noise and bullshit.

leave it to the boston mediots to blow a quote out of proportion given by one of the best players of all time speaking in his second language

Anonymous said...

Manny trying to convey that a relaxed approach is what has always worked for him. I LOVE the guy; he can do little wrong in my eyes( and I am not blind). Anyone else familiar with the term ESL?

Torre was insulted to be given a contract that assured he would not be in N.Y. next year. He had no choice but to turn it down, that's what the Mgmnt. was banking on.


Anonymous said...

Agree; the proposed contract virtually said that Torre was the reason the Yankees didn't go to the World Series this year, so we will dangle a million dollars extra in front of him to make him want to go in 2008. Along with management's other slaps at him--Steinbrenner's mid-series threat to fire him, the orders on how to pitch Joba, and the total lack of support when a player implied he was a racist--who would take a pay cut for a single year in a guaranteed "hostile work environment"?

Bill Lee in 1983 wrote that the Yankees personify the pin-striped, buttoned-down, corporation approach to baseball. They have World Series rings on every appendage; but once you see this side of the big corporation, who would want to be a Yankees fan?