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Friday, October 19, 2007
  Seeya Joe...thanks for the memories...
George finally did it. It took a lot longer than it did for Billy Martin, Or Buck Showalter...or any of the other Yankee managers that have been around in my lifetime.

The problem is, it's uncalled for...Joe Torre has taken the Yankees to the playoffs every year that he's managed them. Twelve years in a row the Yankees have been in the post season. Half of those years the Yankees went all the way to the World Series and they won two thirds of those.

It amazes me...players can do things right thirty percent of the time and they're considered great. Think about it...a baseball player with a .300 batting average is a pretty good hitter. A manager with the same winning percentage would be canned in a heart beat.

A manager leads his team to an over .600 average for twelve years and he gets canned. In 1998, Joe led the Yankees to a 114 win season. 1173 wins over twelve seasons. Do the math, that's almost a 100 win season average! And he's gone...

I guess George and his sons, Hank and Hal, can try to tell everyone...we didn't fire him. They did make him an offer. An offer I wouldn't have refused, but when you compare it to what he makes now and then stand it up against what he's done for the franchise, it really was a shit offer. I thought you only had to take a pay cut if you weren't performing...

Who is this A-hole Randy Levine anyway? It's my understanding that he has a problem with Torre for some reason. Some people just hate a winner I guess. He's supposed to be the president of baseball operations...to me, he's just an ass.

As a Yankee fan, I guess the only thing I can really hope for is that they give the job to Donnie Baseball and he gets that ring he should have had a long time ago...I've always been a big Mattingly fan...since his days at first base.

According to the Yankees web site, Don Mattingly has the highest career fielding percentage of ANY first baseman in American League history! A .9958 fielding percentage! That's a better percentage than the purity of Ivory Soap! When he was the batting coach for the Yankees a year ago, they led the majors in just about everything for batting...

I have faith in the Yankees...they'll be back on top in no time. It's a shame really...Steinbrenner bought that team for a relative song back in the day and now they're almost priceless. I've read that the Yankees and the YES network together are worth over $2 billion. How many of us long for the good old days, when they weren't priceless and they played on WPIX???
 
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