After the Yankees lost in the first round of the playoffs, new top dogs Hank and Hal Steinbrenner (sons of George) made the decision to offer Torre an Ã¢â‚¬Å“incentive-based salary packageÃ¢â‚¬?Ã¢â‚¬â€more wins, more bonuses. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a nice way of putting it. A 33 percent pay cut is another. Sure, Torre would have still been making a base of $2.5 mil, but as Journal News beat reporter (and author of the wildly popular LoHud Yankees Blog) Pete Abraham pointed out, Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the culture of the clubhouse, having a manager on a one-year contract who just took a cut would be emasculating.Ã¢â‚¬? In a press conference at the Hilton Rye Town, near his home in Harrison, Torre put it more bluntly: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I took [it] as an insult.Ã¢â‚¬? And soÃ¢â‚¬â€after 12 seasons, 1,173 wins, and four World Series championshipsÃ¢â‚¬â€Torre bolted.
Prediction for 2008: At press time, he had just agreed to manage the Dodgers. Say it ainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t so, Joe! We hope heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll reconsider. After the Mets spectacular end-of-season collapse, we wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t mind seeing him take over Willie RandolfÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s job. What better way for us New Yorkers to keep the best mind in baseball all to ourselves?
Adapted from Ã¢â‚¬Å“People of the Year,Ã¢â‚¬? InTown Westchester, December 2007
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