This guy was as big of a part as anyone (yes, even including Jeter) during the Yankees dynasty. Why has there been nothing done about him? Has he not officially retired or something?
I wonder if Bernie got offers from other teams.
As for the new manager patching things up, Bernie hasn't played in well over a year now. He also doesn't have a place on this roster. Not sure what could be done.
Slightly OT- saw a funny comment on the Dodgers.
Los Angeles has been the hottest team in baseball now that its lineup is settled. Shockingly, Joe Torre is making all the right moves without incentive clauses to motivate him.
When every single person had heard about the contract, and heard it was a 1 year deal at $5M, every single person here thought that Torre would sign it. Every single fan here thought he would sign it. Mike and the Mad Dog (I mention them because I find it hilarious they say the same thing you just did now) heard about the contract offer and were sure Torre would sign it. Torre himself said that he wasn't sure if he was going to sign it or not when he was on the plane to meet with the guys in Tampa.
But yet, somehow, Hank Steinbrenner knew he wouldn't sign it.
People, if they didn't want him back for 1 more year and not more than 1 more year, they wouldn't have offered him a 1 year contract. It's really that simple. T
The contract that paid him more, even without the incentive clauses, per year than any other team would have? I find it hilarious that people think that he should have continued to get paid $7.5M a year. That's not the way things work. Point is, don't complain about the incentive clauses when you already have had them and requested them in the past.
You're telling me that wouldn't piss you off?
Cmon man, you're being a complete homer if you can't see how that particular offer was disrespectful. The Yankees had 2 choices, either man up and offer him a comperable salary to what he was making, in a multi-year offer so he's not a sitting duck (And blame yourselves for giving him way more money then any other manager in the first place), or don't offer him a deal at all, thank him for his years as manager but inform him it's time to move on. It's that simple.
Instead, this was just the Yankees attempt to try and save some face by having Torre turn them down, offering him a deal that was disrespectful so when he (As any man with an ounce of pride would) turned them down they could say that they tried to keep him. They wanted to have their cake and eat it too, and they are, because gullible people like you actually are buying into the line of crap they are feeding you.
The Yankees ownership at times can convince some of their over the top homer fans of anything. It amazes me at times that some don't see this for what it was....the Yanks ownership trying to save face and do anything they could to avoid negative PR. It's like having Igawa pitch in Major League games again after last year for a team with a 200 plus million dollar payroll and countering that you are on a budget or in the midst of some long term plan.
BTW, the people who felt he'd sign that deal thought so due to his love for the team and not because it wasn't a crap offer. Karma is funny as Torre ended up with a better deal, better young players and right now a better team.
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2. You cannot tell me now that you know he wouldn't sign it when you and every single other person thought he would before he rejected it. Please also answer this.
3. And please don't go to the cut in pay when they were still offering him a contract that paid him more than any other manager in baseball. Like I said before, the Yankees are not a charity. They would prefer not to just give a few extra million away to make sure that ones feelings aren't hurt.
4. Like I said before, if the Yankees didn't want to have Torre back for a year, and only 1 year, they wouldn't have offered him a 1 year contract. You really thought they were doing it to save face? Therer are people in the Yankee organization that I'm sure knew what would happen if Torre rejected the 1 year deal, and believe me, they knew they wouldnt' be saving face.
5. Once again, unless you can answer how every single person here thought that Torre would sign the contract (and please, go back to the original thread when everyone thought it was a no brainer) then please don't tell me that the Yankee organization knew he wouldn't sign it.