Exactly one year ago, today, I wrote that I thought it was time for Joe Torre to lose his job as manager of the Yankees. (Refresh your memory of that excellent piece of writing, here.)
What’s changed? Not one damn thing.
Actually, that’s not true. The names they are tossing around as a replacement have changed. Now it’s Tony LaRussa. I can’t tell you how scared I am that they might actually replace Torre with LaRussa.
There is one manager I would love to see, though: Bobby Valentine. Bobby V can take this group of veterans and channel the energy of the young guys in the right way.
The Yankees take making the playoffs for granted, and sleep-walk through the regular season. Even this year, when there was some urgency, ultimately, they made the playoffs easily (maybe that was a bad thing. Maybe missing the playoffs would have shaken things up a bit). Then come the playoffs, and the teams with energy and excitement that do things well and step it up, destroy them.
Do you think it’s a coincidence that for the last two years, the Yankees have scored the most runs in the American League in the regular season, and the done absolute jack-shit in getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs? It’s not. This team needs a motivator (as much as “professionals” shouldn’t need to be motivated, they do). The only reason they even made the playoffs is because of the young energy guys (and A-Rod). They need someone who will allow those guys to control the destinty of this team. Torre is not that guy. He’s shown over and over that he’s fiercely loyal to his veterans. Well, that’s what gets him into trouble.