Out on the other coast, Joe Torre is stepping down and Don Mattingly is stepping in. Torre will leave the Dodgers at the end of this season, and Mattingly will take over as manager, his first managerial experience at any level.
Of course, there was reaction from the Yankees.
On Joe Torre…
Brian Cashman: “Joe Torre the manager is already enshrined in history with us. The memories of him with the Yankees will go on forever. Just because he didn’t resign a new contract doesn’t change the fact that he was as successful and great a manager as he was for us. He’s going to be a Hall of Famer, and he’ll go in with a Yankees cap. He’s welcome here any time.”
Derek Jeter: “I’m happy that he gets an opportunity to do it when he wants to do it. It goes without saying how much he’s meant to the game of baseball, not only as a player but as a manager, here and other places as well. I’m happy he’s decided to do it and I wish him the best.”
Joe Girardi: “I know that he had talked about it. It’ll be interesting to see how he feels in December and if he stays retired. Joe’s been doing it a long time and I’m sure there’s other things he wants to do with his life. I’m not surprised by it. I don’t think I would have been surprised either way, because I know how much he loves managing and I know how much he loves his family. He’s been a great manager for a long time.”
On Don Mattingly…
Brian Cashman: “He’s obviously a great baseball man. We had him here forever as a player. He was one of the most talented hitting people you will ever come across. He’s got an awesome demeanor. He was a candidate for our managerial opening. I’m happy for Donnie. It’s something that he wanted for a long time. He worked hard (and) put himself in a position to do that. For him, I’m glad that it’s paying off for him. They made a great choice.”
Jorge Posada: “His work ethic showed me a lot about Donnie. I couldn’t believe it that Don Mattingly was my hitting coach to tell you the truth. I was a big fan of Donnie growing up. He’d be there at 1 o’clock in the afternoon trying to get us better. It was special for me… Communicating. That’s why I think as a manager he’s going to be good. Things that made him real, real good as a hitter, he remembered those things and tried to tweak my swing a little bit. He tried to get me to get on top of the ball a little bit more. He really corrected my swing a lot.”
Andy Pettitte: “You hate to see (Torre) get out of the game obviously, and not be managing, but it’s a great opportunity for Donnie. As strange as it was to see him in a Dodgers uniform, it will be even be stranger now to see him manage over in that organization. I wish him all the best. I think I’ll do a great job. He’s had a great guy to see and work under, that’s for sure. I’m sure he’ll do a wonderful job for them. I wish him the best.”
Associated Press photo of Torre and Mattingly