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Posted: Monday October 22, 2007 11:54AM; Updated: Monday October 22, 2007 12:29PM
It also doesn't hurt that Hank Steinbrenner, who appears to be gaining power of baseball matters, last worked for the Yankees in the '80s and is thought to favor Mattingly (though Hank told the New York Post that if anyone's a favorite, it's a slight favorite).
However, if they decide they want someone dissimilar to the easy-going Torre, and some may feel that way considering their solid-but-still-lukewarm effort to keep Torre, Girardi or even Bobby Valentine -- who's a brilliant strategist and could roil things in the clubhouse -- would be logical choices. The Yankees' baseball operations people are said to admire both Girardi and Valentine. However, the manager is thought to come under the purview of the Steinbrenners, which still gives Mattingly the edge.
The Mets may well try to hire Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo as hitting coach, and move Howard Johnson back to the first base coaches box and Rickey Henderson back to the card room where he belongs.
The Marlins could try for Rockies scout Mark Wiley for pitching coach. Dontrelle Willis already has endorsed Wiley to the Palm Beach Post (though who knows how long Willis is around before he's traded?) Willis won 22 games when Wiley was Florida's pitching coach in 2005.
Ron Guidry looks like a goner as Yankees pitching coach. Somehow they'd like to get Dave Eiland, who coached Chamberlain and Ian Kennedy in the minors, on the staff.
Yankees third base coach Larry Bowa will probably go to Seattle as a coach. He doesn't appear to be under consideration for the manager's job in New York, and with the Mariners he'd be a heartbeat away from the manager's chair considering their poor finish last year.
Around the Majors
Trey Hillman, who's well-regarded in the Yankees organization, is a tremendous choice as manager by the Royals, who appear to be moving in the right direction. It's almost exactly a year ago now that I suggested the Royals would hire Hillman (sorry, wrong year).
If anyone can tell me why Fox Trax has two boxes for the strike zone, an outer zone and inner zone, please do.
The timing of the HGH stories is interesting. Rick Ankiel got fingered just as he was hot, and Paul Byrd got it at a time when he was prominent. And I give the authorities credit. Who knew it was worth waiting for Byrd to gain prominence?
A friend suggested that Coco Crisp rename himself Soso Crisp. Although, with a mitt on, he's nothing short of Spectacular Crisp. Whatever name he goes by, he'll be playing elsewhere next year. Jacoby Ellsbury should be the center fielder.
It's still amazing that Kenny Lofton made 11 postseasons in 13 years. If anyone sees the postseason as a crapshoot, he does. Lofton actually says he believes the winner is preordained, which may help him deal with never getting a ring despite being up in series with the Cubs in '03, the Yankees in '04 and now the Indians in '07, not to mention mere innings away from winning the World Series with the Giants in '02.
New Pirates GM Neal Huntington reportedly will interview Torey Lovullo and John Farrell for manager. Indians GM Mark Shapiro said of Farrell, "He'd be an impact guy in any role.'' High praise.
Speaking of impact, the Indians' Eric Wedge should be AL Manager of the Year and Shapiro AL Executive of the Year. Two class guys created one great season in Cleveland.
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