by Ron on October 19 at 10:15AM
The recent 'let go' of Joe Torre by the New York Yankees shows how two baseball operations exist in the same structure but on different planets. It is also a lesson straight from the New York PR book, the same book The Donald and Rudy employ: Turn the mirror slightly, reflect not the real image, but the one we want people to see.

For the past 12 years, Joe Torre has managed a baseball team that perspired success. Every year Torre managed the Yankees into the playoffs. Every year for 12 years! However, in the last three years, he did not make it beyond the division series, losing recently to Cleveland; and Detroit and the Los Angeles Angels before that. Four times his Yankees won the whole enchilada.

Looking back 12 years in Philadelphia, our beloved Phillies made the post season just once, in 2007, of course, by the skin of their teeth. They had a quick cup of tea, then were pushed over the cliff by the red hot Rockies. Granted, the Yankees payroll is twice that of the Phillies. But really, in the scheme of things, money doesn't always talk in baseball. The Indians are proof positive: $61.6 million vs the Red Sox $143 million and change.

But then in Philly, even after the first showing in the playoffs in 14 years, many were still calling for the manager's head. I wonder how Charlie Manuel would make out if the city put it to referendum and let the good citizens decide the Skipper's fate. But those with a criminal background can't qualify, which cuts the voting populace in half.

Speaking of public, the Yankees brain trust huddled for the past several days to decide how to get rid of Joe, without looking bad in the eyes of the public. George's sons, Hank and Hal, might not be the best baseball strategists when it comes to paying a dead body-mistake like Carl Pavano $10 million for 11 and-a-third innings of pitched baseball. But when it comes to tilting the mirror, Hank and Hal are right-there kind of guys.

So out of all of it Hank and Hal want you to remember this: They didn't fire Joe Torre, he cut himself loose by turning down a lucrative offer which would continue to make him the highest paid manager in baseball.

Only, here's what I'll remember: The good  baseball man that Joe Torre is, he will get another  job, and he's a hell of a lot better off looking at Hank and Hal in his rear-view.



Well-written and thoughtful article, Ron.

Tell me, if you were GM, would you have re-signed Manuel?

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