Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Torre gets his first 'L' of the season.

It didn't take long. In just his second game of the season, the moronic managing of our friend Joe Torre caused the New York Yankees to lose the game.

So, it's the 9th inning of a tie game. In the 8th, Torre brought in Kyle Farnsworth, who did his job while only throwing ten pitches. Top of the 9th... the Yankees fail to score after the Athletics bring in Huston Street. So what does Torre do? Tie ball game, with a couple of switch hitters coming up?

Joe Torre brings in the 24th man on his roster, Scott Proctor. Now never mind that Proctor had spent the last 48 hours racing around the country caring for his injured daughter. Never mind that prior to the game Torre stated that he probably needed another throw day before going into a game. Even if these two factors weren't in play, he still brought in Scott Proctor into a 3-3 game in the 9th inning. Torre exercised the worst option he had. Torre could have a) Allowed Farnsworth to remain in the game b) Brought in Mariano Rivera c) Brought in Tanyon Sturtze, or d) Brought in Ron Villone. Each option would be infinately better than bringing in a 29 year old journeyman with a 95 mph straight fastball.

Joe has lost his touch. He is currently surrounded by a group of coaches ready to supplant him. Bowa. Pena. Mazzili. Joe Torre has constantly proven that he does not know how to manage a bullpen in the major leagues.

Amount left on Joe Torre's contract: 13,024,691 dollars.