Joe Torre, NY Yankees Skipper Under Fire


It appears that NY Yankees skipper Joe Torre is under fire for the Bronx Bombers early exit from the MLB playoffs. What a disgrace that would be if Torre was help responsible for a bunch of high priced prima-donnas not doing their job. Joe Torre has been a class act and a phenomenal manager for the Yankee. But of course George Steinbrenner can’t fire his players making up the  200 millions dollar payroll. Maybe the person to blame for the Yankees demise is the fool who purchased all this high priced no talent?

VIDEO of Tigers celebration

Whose fault is it? Maybe its Alex Rodriguez making  25,680,727 a year who batted .071 for the series. Or Gary Sheffield who batted .083.  Or Jason Giambi who did not even play for the deciding game 4. Was it Torre’s? No way. He is a class act and has been a phenomenal manager.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The fallout from the New York Yankee’s playoff defeat to the Detroit Tigers could spell the end of manager Joe Torre’s celebrated run at the helm of the Bronx Bombers.

“Outta Here!” screamed the front-page headline of the Daily News, which reported that club owner George Steinbrenner was expected to fire Torre and hire former Yankee player and manager Lou Pianola.

If anyone thinks that Lou Pianola is the answer that are out of their minds. Because he did such a great job in his last job. The problem has been with the Yankee of late that they think Major League Baseball is Fantasy League Baseball. Just having high prices talent at every position is not the answer, as the owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins that very same question. Check out the salary differential between The NY Yankees and the Detroit Tigers, who won the series 3-1. You think there may be other intangibles like pride, character and desire that make up a “TEAM”? The top 4 NY Yankees highest paid players, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi and Mike Musina make more than the entire Detroit Tigers roster.

New York Yankees 2006 Salaries: $198,662,180

Detroit Tigers 2006 Salaries: $82,302,069

Report: Torre won’t survive Yanks’ collapse, to be fired

According to the New York Daily News, however, the popular Yankees manager will be fired unless he decides to resign first to save face. Sources told the newspaper that former Yankees player and manager Lou Piniella will be owner George Steinbrenner’s choice to replace Torre. (ESPN)

The problem with the NY Yankees, and this comes from a Red Sox fan, they have so few quality and inspired players like Derek Jeter on their roster. Also, there is no way where a teams best player (Derek Jeter) cannot be your highest priced player. Â  Gone are the Paul O’Neil’s and the players that brought intangibles and spirit to the club house. A team needs role players, not just super stars. The Yankees today exist as a bunch of high prices, over-paid, over the hill, lazy players. No hunger or desire to win or even care. What do they care, they are making so much money … winning and losing does not matter.

Watching the Detroit Tigers win and celebrate afterwards with their fans spraying champagne on them was an inspiration and a celebration that baseball needs more of. Baseball is still a “TEAM” sport. Isn’t it amazing what happens when an owner builds a team. The Yankees used to be one, now they are a Fantasy League joke.

Posted October 8, 2006 by
Sports | 11 comments

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    11 Responses to “Joe Torre, NY Yankees Skipper Under Fire”

    1. GRETAMAL on October 8th, 2006 9:09 pm

      GO TIGERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Scared Monkeys on October 8th, 2006 9:34 pm

      Gretamal … The Tigers did a great job. Loved the post game ceremony with the crowd. That was great.

    3. GRETAMAL on October 8th, 2006 9:49 pm

      That was great. That was the 1st time I ever saw that. I was at the Michigan game and both games started at 4:30. We all had our radios tuned into the Tiger game. Everytime the tigers scored the crowd cheered. Most of the time it was in between plays and the players looked puzzled at why we were cheering. It was a good day.

    4. Scared Monkeys on October 8th, 2006 9:54 pm

      As a Red Sox fan I was rooting for the Tigers.

      They have been so starved for a baseball winner in Detroit, they did a great job celebrating with fans.

      Was a nice touch.

    5. GRETAMAL on October 8th, 2006 10:18 pm

      Was a nice touch. We are more starved for a football winner. The last time the Lions won it was in 1957. The Tigers won it in 1984 and in 1968. We also have the wings and the pistons who do quite well. I have always liked the red sox. I have been to Fenway. That is a unique stadium. I always loved Tiger stadium. I saw many Tiger and Lion games there.

    6. Scared Monkeys on October 8th, 2006 10:42 pm

      Well the Football winner is not happening anytime soon … so Detroit best savor the baseball.

      Red Wings are a perennial Stanly Cup favorite. Basketball, thats not really in Detroit, lol.

      But in baseball, where so many high payroll teams were winning, it is refreshing to see a team like Detroit hand it to the Yankees.

      The Yankees #1 problem is that high payrolls breed complacency.

      No “Eye of the Tiger”, if you will.

    7. david r on October 8th, 2006 11:08 pm

      Steinbrenner’s free agent strategy has been ruinous for the Yankees. They have a bloated payroll and a bunch of bloated old players to go with it. The Mets are going to win the World Series.

    8. Carpe Noctem on October 9th, 2006 12:25 am

      SWING battaaaaaaaaa. ;)

    9. GRETAmal on October 9th, 2006 6:48 pm

      Eye of the Tiger. I like that. I would like to se Detroit play St Louis. That’s who they played in 1968. The pistons play in Auburn Hills but they use to play in Detroit. They played at Olympia , the same place the Red Wings played at.

    10. yoyo muffintop on October 9th, 2006 11:07 pm

      Who cares, basketball is about to start and Amarà © Stoudemire is back!!

    11. GRETA mal on October 10th, 2006 7:23 pm

      yoyo, Amare who ???????

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