Tuesday, October 9, 2007
After Joe Torre and his Yankees failed to make it past the divisional series, it seemed that he felt his time in New York was done. "I'm not going there," Torre said. "This has been a great 12 years. Whatever happens from here on out, I'll look back on these 12 years with great, great pleasure, based on the fact that I'm a kid who had never been to the World Series, other than watching my brother [Frank] play in the '50s, and paying for tickets otherwise." Tony La Russa, who is waiting to say whether or not he will return to the Cardinals, said he would be interested in the managerial post in the Bronx. Torre, who would be picked up quickly if he is let go, would be smart to say 'I'm not coming back,' than be fired to show George Steinbrenner he will not stand for his threats. Mariano Rivera is already on his way out and if Torre leaves, Posada will probably leave too. There is no one better than Torre out there so it doesn't make sense why he would be let go. But if La Russa becomes the new manager and Mattingly and Girardi are put off, you can expect both of them to leave and seek other positions. His family lives in Cincinnati's and he could be the Reds new manager if he wanted to continue. Former Cardinals Joe Girardi could be the next Cardinals manager while Mattingly could sit out a year and wait for a new opportunity the next year. Or he could take the Pirates, Royals, or possibly the Phillies job. They are both eager to be managers and may leave if the Yankees look elsewhere. Personally, I think Joe Torre will look at the teams looking for managers and say 'I have had a good run, these teams don't interest me,' and retire to the broadcast booth or completely from baseball.