“The 12 years, they felt like they were 10 minutes long,” Joe Torre said tonight.
The manager’s voice cracked when he talked about his players and their efforts. Somebody then asked him if he wanted to manage another team, if not the Yankees.
“Not in the next three days,” he said with a laugh.
Based on the grim look on Brian Cashman’s face and the way the players and staff lined up to hug him on the way out, Torre is done. It was like a wake in the clubhouse. I would expect him to hold a press conference in the next few days and say good-bye.
The Yankees should do it right but there is little chance of that. Steinbrenner or one of his minions will leak the news, there will be a frenzy and that will be that.
My instincts tell me the next manager will be Don Mattingly. I find it hard to believe he would come out of retirement and work as the hitting coach for several years without knowing there was some reward at the end.
As for the players in limbo, it’s too early to tell. But expect the Yankees to throw everything at A-Rod. They need fannies in the seats of that new stadium and eyeballs on YES.
“I don’t know,” he said when asked what he would do. “Hopefully things work out.”
Here is Joe Torre’s press conference. Probably his final one as manager: