12 seasons, 12 playoff appearances, 10 division titles, 6 pennants and 4 titles.
The Yankees offered Manager Joe Torre a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million and the chance to make another $3 million in performance bonuses. But after 12 years and 12 postseason appearances (including four World Series titles), Torre turned it down.
â€œWe respect his decision. We appreciate everything heâ€™s done. But it is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward, and we will be doing it very quickly,â€ team President Randy Levine said.
General Manager Brian Cashman said that Torreâ€™s successor has not been named, nor have potential candidates been formally identified. â€œI can promise you that the process is going to take some time,â€ Cashman said. â€œI ask for everyoneâ€™s patience as we review the individuals and make recommendations to ownership.â€
Under the deal he was offered, Torre would have received a $1 million bonus for reaching the playoffs, another $1 million for reaching the American League Championship Series and $1 million if the team made the World Series. If he did lead the Yankees to the World Series in 2008, there would have been an $8 million option for the 2009 season.
This is a way for both sides to save face: the Yanks offer a very nice deal to a Hall of Fame manager instead of firing him, and Joe gets to decline the offer instead of coming back at a (possibly) reduced salary. This might have an impact on re-signing Posada, Arod, Mo and Pettitte, but I’m hoping Joe Girardi takes over the position. I know about the Marlins pitcher problems, but he did win Manager of the Year, has a rapport with many of the players, is young and intense, seemingly very knowledgeable (from his YES work), and knows what it’s like to play in New York.
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