“Itâ€™s not fair. In no way is he responsible for us performing. Heâ€™s not hitting for us and heâ€™s not pitching for us. He puts the best players out there on the field, gives us an opportunity to win. We’re just not doing the job. Thatâ€™s unfair and it should stop.” – Derek Jeter on the possibility of Joe Torre losing his job.
Jason Giambi: “Most of us came here to play for Joe Torre. … Joe canâ€™t control injuries or getting the starting pitcher to go more than five (innings). What does any manager have to do with that?”
Brian Cashman: “As far as Iâ€™m concerned, I take full responsibility for this start because thatâ€™s my job. This is the team that I put together.”
I spoke with George Steinbrenner’s spokesman an hour ago. No word from the owner today but he could have something to say tomorrow.
Had I to guess, I would say Torre survives for now with Steinbrenner issuing some manner of statement tomorrow. But it would not shock me if he were fired. Steinbrenner, assuming he is lucid, could see this as his last shot to impact the team.
But firing Torre makes no sense. There’s 86 percent of the season left and they haven’t had the rotation together for a full turn yet. Beyond that, is Don Mattingly with 23 games of experience as the bench coach the answer?
It will not be Joe Girardi. Mattingly didn’t come out of retirement to be an assistant and flip soft-toss to multi-millionaires for three years without knowing there would be a payoff at some point for him.