Here are some sub-plots we’ve learned from the The Yankee Years that don’t necessarily reflect well on Joe Torre.
· Torre wanted Brian Cashman to offer Bernie Williams a contract for the 2007 season.
· Torre liked having Ron Guidry as the pitching coach and Cashman did not.
· Torre didn’t like Cashman suggesting lineups based on statistical analysis.
Let’s see, that’s 2-1 in favor of Cashman.
God Bless Bernie, it’s great he wanted to keep playing. But a GM has to make tough calls and that includes telling popular players when it’s time to go. It was time to go. Guidry is a colorful character and was a great pitcher. But his idea of coaching was sipping a cup of coffee and telling stories about Billy Martin. Pitching coaches are the most important coaches on the staff, it’s not a position to give to an old buddy.
Point to Torre on the lineups. It’s not up to the GM to suggest lineups unless the manager is doing something unusually stupid. If a GM doesn’t like how the manager runs the team, fire him. Otherwise stay upstairs.
I found it funny in the book that everybody hated Carl Pavano. It reminded me of the time we were asked to interview him in the hallway because the PR staff was worried what would happen if teammates saw him talking to reporters in the clubhouse. There were a few times you wondered if somebody would take a swing at the guy, the dislike was that thick.