My Thoughts on Joe Torre’s Departure from the Yankees October 19, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Baseball, MLB, Sports.
On Saturday, Joe Torre rejected a 5 million, one year deal offer from the Yankees. The offer included a $3 million dollar bonus if the Yankees reached the World Series, and an $8 million dollar option for 2009 if the Yankees won the AL pennant.
Torre’s rejection of the offer comes after a Yankees’ disappointing performance against the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the AL playoffs. When the Yankees trailed Cleveland in the series 2-0, Yankees’ Owner George Steinbrenner threatened to fire Torre if the Yankees were swept.
Now, Torre declining the Yank’s offer ultimately ends an amazing era for the Yankees. During his 12 years as the manager of the Yankees, Torre led the team to four World Series, won 10 East AL titles, and had a record of 1,173-767.
If I were Torre, I would have rejected the offer as well. Although it still may have made him the highest paid manager in the league, offering a deal based on performance to one of the best managers to ever coach in the Major League is a disgrace to him and the entire Yankee organization. After threatening to fire Torre during the playoffs, the Yankees should have showed they still wanted him to manage the team, and give him a multi -year deal, without the performance based incentives.
Torre leaving the Yankees, is like Red Auerbach leaving the Celtics. It’s just something that sports fans should never see happen. His name was synonymous with the Yankees and he was the best possible manager for the team. He’s what every team wants in their manager and a tough disciplinarian, but is also a player’s coach. Most of all, he’s a proven winner that still knows how to get the best out of his players.
This is something that is going to haunt the Yankees for years to come. For Torre, it may have not been about the money and the deal, but maybe the amount of disloyalty shown by an organization that he has given so much to probably played a major role in his decision. This is not only the end of Torre’s career with the Yankees, but is also an end of an era, and the end to the Yankees’ franchise as we know it.