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MLB: October 11, 2005

Posted: Tuesday October 11, 2005 10:56AM; Updated: Tuesday October 11, 2005 10:56AM
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With Lou Piniella available to manage the Yankees next season, is Joe Torre done in New York.
With Lou Piniella available to manage the Yankees next season, is Joe Torre done in New York.
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Yankees officials have long believed that George Steinbrenner would never fire Joe Torre, for fear of the public backlash. But after a first-round exit, and with the Steinbrenner favorite Lou Piniella available for work, Torre's status is at least somewhat tenuous. Torre has said he will not resign, putting the onus on Steinbrenner to fire him if he wants to make a move. Torre has promised to address his feelings on Steinbrenner after the season, and those comments could conceivably elicit a reaction from his boss.
-- New York Times

General manager Brian Cashman, who began his career with the Yankees as a 19-year-old intern in Tampa, broke down in tears last night in a losing clubhouse when he was asked if this was his final game working for the team. The tears and Cashman's inability to even respond to the question is, perhaps, the strongest indicator that he plans to leave when his contract expires on Oct. 31.
-- New York Post

Brian Cashman may remove himself from a dysfunctional hierarchy in which some moves originate in New York but many come from Tampa, Fla., where George Steinbrenner lives. Steinbrenner is said to want Cashman back, but he could always decide not to offer him a contract. If Steinbrenner lets Cashman make the call, leaving the Yankees would be a calculated risk. One intriguing general manager's job became available Monday, when the Philadelphia Phillies fired Ed Wade.
-- New York Times

Mel Stottlemyre said Monday that he almost certainly would not return as the Yankees' pitching coach, but that does not mean he will retire. Stottlemyre is interested in living at home in Issaquah, Wash., near Seattle, and the Mariners happen to have a vacancy for a pitching coach after Bryan Price resigned last week.
-- New York Times

Alex Rodriguez may win the AL MVP after his 48-homer season, but in the coming days he will likely be the most excoriated Yankee. Rodriguez has yet to live down the perception that he shrinks in the biggest moments, and his performance in the ALDS will only fuel that idea. He batted 2-for-15 (.133) with no home runs, no runs batted in, no clutch hits, no big moment.
-- Newsday

According to a person with knowledge of the Yankees' inner workings, Jorge Posada is likely to be a hot topic in off-season organizational meetings. Some in the organization still like Posada -- after all, he's a switch-hitting catcher with power who's proven over a long period of time that he can play and shine in New York. But there are other voices whispering in George Steinbrenner's ear that Posada is done, and way overpaid, and that the Yankees should look into trading him and signing a free agent such as San Diego's Ramon Hernandez.
-- Newark Star-Ledger

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