Monday, May 08, 2006

1,000 not out

Joe Torre is not everybody's cup of tea, his in-game management isn't the best, he has managed a team worth millions and millions of dollars but what no one can deny is that he has done an excellent job of managing the New York Yankees.

Whilst he has been lucky in the fact that he took over a team that had some serious talent, he has also been doing it in the NY spotlight under the immense pressure from The Boss and all the while massaging egos the size of a small cosmos.

Last night he won his 1,000th game as the manager of the bombers and only three guys have been able to amass such a vast amount of W's in the Bronx, Joe McCarthy (1,460), Casey Stengel (1,149) and Miller Huggins (1,067). He wasn't the guy that most fans wanted at the helm when he came in on November 2nd 1995, the New York Post even proclaiming him as 'CLUELESS JOE' and whilst that nickname has stuck with some fans, others appreciate his role away from the game management as the real reason for his long and successful tenure in New York.

He will no doubt have his number (six) retired when he walks away from the club as will Derek Jeter (two) leaving no single number available for the future player of this great franchise. Joe Torre is the only Yankee manager I personally have ever witnessed and whilst I question a decision every now and then, I am fully behind him as manager and am very glad that we have him in charge.

1000 wins is pretty darn impressive and even all his knockers will concede that the Yankees dynasty was down in part to the management style of Mr Torre. Can he win another World Series in the Bronx? Sure he can, whether or not he can start another dynasty though is another matter altogether...

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