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Thursday, October 18th, 2007
Yankees Rumors & News

Right now, I am ashamed to be a fan of the New York Yankees.

The Joe Torre Era is over. It’s not so much that Torre is out that bothers me. Though I disagree, you can make an argument that it was time for a change.

I’m bothered, though, by the way this was done. If the handling of Torre’s dismissal (which, in reality is what it was) is any indication of the type of franchise the Yankees are to become as George Steinbrenner declines and allows others to make decisions the Yankees could be in for a long, hard, disgraceful fall.

Oh, sure, in theory Torre turned down the job. The offer the Yankees made him, though, had “insult” written all over it. A one-year deal for $5 million (a $2 million pay cut), with performance-based incentives and a club option for 2009.

It was an offer the Yankee bosses (whoever they actually are now) surely knew Torre would not accept.

Torre served the Yankees incredibly well for 12 years, winning four World Series, going …

Yankees Rumors & News

Holy twisted rumors, Batman! Less than an hour after Dan Graziano of the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Joe Torre had met with Yankee officials in Tampa and agreed to a one-year deal at reduced pay, the Yankees have announced that Torre has REJECTED their offer and returned to New York. Wow.

The deal would have paid Torre $5 million in base salary plus $3 million in bonuses were Torre to make it to the World Series in 2008. The Yankees also would have held an option for the 2009 season.

The Yankees will now have to pay for dragging their feet on this and insulting the face of the franchise over the last decade. One too many slaps in the face, I guess. Torre will instead leave on his own terms, and the Yankees will begin the search for a new manager.


Speculation about a replacement for Torre will most certainly center on bench coach Don Mattingly, former catcher …

During the National League Championship Series between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, Arizona resorted to a bit of gamesmanship when opting to wear their alternate black uniforms at home in order to mess with some of Colorado’s mojo. Could the Cleveland Indians now be resorting to similar tactics? If so, watch out, Injuns…it didn’t work out so well for Arizona. Via

Danielle Peck, a country music singer who also happened to date Red Sox ace pitcher Josh Beckett, will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America” at tonight’s Game 5 in Cleveland. Beckett is scheduled to start the game for Boston.

“It’s an incredible coincidence. Honestly,” said Indians spokesman Bob DiBiasio….”She’s from Ohio. Her entire family are Indians fans. We did not know anything about her connections to Beckett. The next day, we find out the rest of the story,” said DiBiasio of Peck. “How are we supposed to know who Josh Beckett dates?”


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