Sunday, October 08, 2006

Could it really be happening?

The New York Daily News:

NEW YORK New York Yankees manager Joe Torre likely will be fired and replaced by Lou Piniella following another early exit from the baseball playoffs, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.
According to sources the Daily News did not identify, Torre is expected to be fired unless he resigns first — or team officials can talk owner George Steinbrenner out of making the move.
On Saturday, the Yankees were eliminated from the first round of the American League playoffs, losing to Detroit 8-3 in Game 4. It was the second straight year New York lost in the opening round.
The Yankees have won the World Series four times under Torre, most recently in 2000. They had a record US$200 million payroll this year and matched the New York Mets for the best record in the regular season.
The Yankees have made the playoffs in all 11 years that Torre has been their manager. They have won nine straight AL East titles.
Torre, 66, has one year and US$7 million left on his contract.
Piniella, 63, is a former Yankees star and managed them in 1986-87 and for most of 1988. He guided Cincinnati to the 1990 World Series title and later managed Seattle and Tampa Bay.

I'm not going to celebrate just yet. I think that Joe Girardi would be a better choice, but Piniella is a good manager.