Torre Tells Steinbrenner, Levine To Take A Hike

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Torre Tells Steinbrenner, Levine To Take A Hike

By Administrator | October 18, 2007

This afternoon, the NY Yankees offered Joe Torre a contract to continue as manager of the N Y Yankees… the terms of the contract were so distasteful that Torre responded by telling billionaire owner George Steinbrenner and team President Randy Levine to take a hike.

The Yankees have made the post-season for twelve consecutive seasons under Torre’s guidance… yet, the franchise waited ten days to make him an offer, and when it did it disrespected him by extending him only a one-year offer that contained a 33% pay cut from his current $7.5 million salary. The deal would have paid Torre a base salary of $5 million for 2008 with incentives that would have increased his compensation to $8 million (a $1 million bonus for making each round of the playoffs—the ALDS, ALCS and World Series). A contract for 2009 would have been vested if the team made the 2008 World Series.

Speculation is already running rampant in the media that the Yankees made Torre an offer that they KNEW he would find unacceptable—so that they could wash their hands of him while absolving themselves of responsibility for the split.

Team president Randy Levine said: “We felt we needed to go to a performance-based mode. We thought it was very fair. It clearly was at the top of the market, but we respect Joe’s decision. It is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward”. It is no secret that Levine cannot stand Torre and has been lobbying the owner to move in another direction…

And so Pilate turned away and washed his hands…

The franchise (read: Steinbrenner and Levine) obviously did not want Torre back. The team and the owner are worth $1 billion—so another $2.5 million for 2008 and an additional $7.5 million for 2009 would not have been an impediment to getting a deal done IF the owner and team president wanted him back.

GM Brian Cashman said there would be a full search for a replacement, but speculation is that the selection will come down to one of three individuals: Don Mattingly, Joe Girardi or Tony LaRussa. The betting is that Mattingly will be the choice…

Torre had the longest uninterrupted tenure as Yankees manager since Casey Stengel held the job for twelve years from 1949-60. Under Torre, the Yankees went 1,173-767… Torre trails only Joe McCarthy for wins among Yankees managers (McCarthy had 1460 wins).

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