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The Joe Torre Death Watch is continuing in New York.

The Yankees, it seems, will not treat Torre with the dignity and respect he showed during his 12 years as manager. Not only will they fire him, but it seems they are going to let him twist in the wind for a while before they do it.

“Have some patience. Things take time. There will be a process and we’ll work through that, and it will lead us where it leads us,” general manager Brian Cashman said. “My speculation is I’m not going to have anything to report in the coming days.”

“There’s nothing decided yet,” said Hank Steinbrenner, a son of the owner and a team senior vice president.

This is precisely what I hoped would not happen. Whether he deserves to go or not (and I think he doesn’t), Torre doesn’t deserve to be treated like this. Four World Series titles, 12 playoff appearances and the respect of most everyone who has ever dealt with him should earn him better treatment than this.

Don Mattingly, whose name is front and center as a possible replacement if and when Torre goes, was forceful in his comments about Torre.

“Let me put it this way, and it’s really pretty simple for me. He deserves to be treated with respect. No matter what happens, no matter what the decision is, Joe Torre needs to be treated with respect.

“Anything less than that, to me, would be unacceptable. He deserves that. You don’t hear him talk bad about the organization; you don’t hear him talk bad about any members of it. You don’t hear nothing negative from Joe in those terms. He’s handled himself with class. He needs to be treated with respect. … He has demanded it in a sense by the way he’s treated everyone and the job that he did.”

By the way, as much as Mattingly has pined to manage one day he doesn’t sound like a guy who thinks following Torre would be a great career move.

“It’s like following John Wooden or something,” Mattingly said. “This guy wins championship after championship and we’re in the playoffs in every year. You know, it’s really – it’s pretty much a no-win situation for someone coming in here to be able to live up to the expectations or live up to what he did. It’s not going to happen. So as far as someone coming in and taking over this job, it’s not necessarily a great situation.”

Mattingly, of course, has no managerial experience. He’s the favorite for the job at this point, but handing the managerial reigns to a guy who has never done it before is a risk — especially in New York.

Many advocate for former Yankee catcher and ex-Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi to replace Torre. The Yankees are banking on a young pitching staff to carry them forward, and with that comes a word of warning about Girardi from Yahoo! Sports.

A warning to those who want Girardi to manage the Yankees, or any other club. Look at what happened to Florida this season. In 2006, the Marlins won 78 games, and Girardi received the National League Manager of the Year award. The franchise paid a terrible price for that small measure of success.

Girardi was hard on the young pitchers to the point of being damaging to their careers.

In 2006, starters Dontrelle Willis, Scott Olsen, Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez were a combined 57-43 with a 3.78 ERA for 128 starts. In 2007, they were 23-36 with a 5.49 ERA for 82 starts. Johnson, Nolasco and Sanchez all missed a large portion of the season because of injuries.

A manager must be able to handle and preserve pitchers. As a rookie, Girardi failed in that area.

Then, of course, there is Tony La Russa, who appears on his way out in St. Louis. La Russa, of course, has the pedigree. Two championships, 11 division titles, four Manager of the Year awards and five league pennants.

Does he have the temperament, though? He has clashed with players, has only disdain for the media, and carries other baggage. Is he really the right fit?

And, here’s a bigger question. No matter who ends up managing, who will be playing?

Alex Rodriguez’s agent, Scott Boras, indicated Tuesday that A-Rod will opt out of his contract and test the free agent market. What about Mariano Rivera? Jorge Posada? Andy Pettitte? Roger Clemens? Bobby Abreu? Luis Vizcaino? Jason Giambi? Mike Mussina?

It’s going to be a long off-season for the Yankees. Let’s just hope it’s not long before the Yankees officially let Joe Torre know his fate. He deserves that much.

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  1. 1 On October 10th, 2007, Anonymous said:

    >>A manager must be able to handle and preserve pitchers. As a rookie, Girardi failed in that area.

    That’s a little tough on Girardi. What were the injuries? Was there anything that could have been done this year to prevent the injuries, perhaps some action by the Marlins pitching coach or CURRENT Manager?

  2. 2 On October 10th, 2007, gozer said:

    no…josh johnson and anibal sanchez hardly pitched this season due to injuries suffered early in the year – not sure what culpability you can place on the current coaching staff for that.

    i’m not sure i’d blame Girardi either, but at the very least, it’s a fair point.

  3. 3 On October 11th, 2007, Ed Valentine said:

    I don’t know if Girardi gets blame or not, but as gozer points out it is definitely something worth putting on the table for discussion. Whoever the manager is for the Yankees, carefully handling a young staff will be a priority.

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