Sorry for the lack of updates. But I’ve been on the phone all day or in the clubhouse interviewing people.
Only a handful of players (Mientkiewicz, Wang, Phillips, Molina, Duncan, Ohlendorf) were on hand and were unanimous in their support of Joe Torre.
Ron Guidry said the same thing. But he did say that he would be willing to return as pitching coach under a new manager.
Kevin Long said he hoped his relationship with Alex Rodriguez would be something A-Rod would factor in. He believes it would be hard for Alex to leave New York because of the relationships he has formed with the players and staff.
The best comments came from Don Mattingly.
He forcefully said several times that Torre needed to be treated with respect. “He demands it because of the way he treated people,” Mattingly said. “Anything less than that is unacceptable.”
Mattingly said he wants to manage but would not address the Yankees out of respect to Torre. Following Torre, he said, was a “no-win situation.”
“It would be like following John Wooden,” he said.
But Mattingly clearly wants the challenge. He spoke with more presence than I have ever seen him before. He was, yes, managerial in his manner.
Scott Boras, meanwhile, is saying A-Rod wants to play until he’s 45 and that he is worth billions (that’s with a b) to a regional cable network. If he’s staying, the Yankees are really going to have to pay.
From what I have been able to gather, the Tony La Russa story is speculation. While he has a few supporters in Tampa (and remember, he is from Tampa), Steinbrenner is a Mattingly supporter.