There is not a better Manager in the pros than Torre to culture the talent pool the Yankees have. Brian Cashman knows this. So do Hal and Hank Steinbrenner.
Don Mattingly and Joe Girardi are good candidates to take Torre’s place, but they need some more time to ripen. It’s too soon. Guess who they look to for mentoring? Torre. As Yogi said, “you can observe a lot by watching,” and that’s what Mattingly and Girardi will do – that’s how they learn.
The Yankees made an investment in their future this year. By not trading away young talent during the year, they made a statement. The statement was that they were going back to what helped them win big in the mid to late 90s: develop the farm system and let them compete alongside an all-star team of veterans for a spot. Torre is the best Manager to assimilate that talent into day players and bring that investment to fruition.
That education is something a player can’t get on any other team. And this is before the Bronx Faithful in the stands let you know how they feel about you. Remember how they booed A-Rod last year? And he’s the best in baseball…
At the core of this strategy is Brian Cashman, who wanted sole responsibility from Mr. Steinbrenner to make the decisions about player personnel. Now he’s got all his marbles, and all his players. IMHO, I think it was Torre who saved Cashman’s job this year.
Although Torre’s contract is not under Cashman’s control, it is with Mr. Steinbrenner and his sons, Cashman will nonetheless weigh in heavily with Mr. Steinbrenner as will Jeter, Posada, A-Rod, Rocket, and Mo.
The Yankees will most likely face Cleveland in the first round and the Indians are tied with Boston for the best record in baseball. The Yankees have not won the World Series since 2000. They have had two wild-card berths recently in 95 and 97 and neither of those berths ended up with an AL Championship, never mind WS. This is daunting for a team whose ethos states that the season is a failure if they don’t win the World Series.
This is the 12th season in a row that the Yankees have advanced to the post season and bringing the Yanks to the post season from 14 games out with the issues they had this year will weigh heavily in Torre’s favor. The Steinbrenner clan knows that as it translates to additional revenue to Yankee Global, LLC, the holding company that owns The Yankees and YES Network. Torre adds a lot of Alpha to their portfolio.
Torre will sign on for another 2 or 3 years regardless of how they do in October. If Cashman is going to acquire any free agents over the winter break, having Torre back as Manager will be a significant selling point for top talent. Torre showed that he’s as much a Chess Master as much as a Manager.