First of all it was hideous to not have a set plan for Torre, letting him twist in the wind was horrifically bad even by Steinbrenner standards.
I had felt the right thing to do was to move quickly, praise Torre for his years of excellence then announce that the team was moving in a new direction and wanted Tony Pena to lead them.
He’s been in the Yankee organization for a couple of years so he knows the deal. He’s the only man to lead the Royals to a winning season in the last 15 years or so. And he has an good track record of working with young pitchers.
If the Yankees are to be more than playoff also rans, then Joba Chamberlain, Phillip Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Chien Ming Wang are going to lead them. Torre’s track record with young pitchers isn’t strong (hence the Joba rules).
Anyway, now you have what looks like a bungling front office and several more opportunities for them to fumble.
The new manager: if a pay cut is offered to a man who has made the playoffs twelve straight seasons, what incentive is there for top managerial talent to come to the
Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada. Both could leave as free agents and this debacle probably tempts them to test the waters.
And last but hardly least: A-Rod. This is a lean season for free agents, so most of the teams that can bid on A-Rod will. Without him, the Yanks are an old and declining team unless you think Melky Cabrera is a future all star.
Be afraid Yankee fans, be very afraid. This is already bad and it could get worse quickly.