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October 10, 2006

Torre On WFAN Today

Joe Torre was on WFAN in NYC today - and had some interesting things to say. Here's some of what I thought were the highlights of his 30 minutes on the air:

Regarding the 2006 ALDS loss, Joe said that "we were overmatched" and that "Brian and I have a lot to talk about." But, what was most interesting was that Torre said the loss of the 2006 ALDS was worse to take than the loss in the 2004 ALCS because his team was competitive in the 2004 ALCS.

Sounds like Torre thinks his team did not show up for this post-season.

Regarding Alex Rodriguez' comfort level, and Torre's and Jeter's role in that, Joe said that he and Jeter have treated A-Rod "the same or paid more attention to his needs than any other player" who has come in to the team.

Sounds like Torre thinks A-Rod is high-maintenance.

Regarding the team's pitching this year, Joe said that he "probably used Villone too much" and that the Yankees don't need anything "substantial" - they just need "some adjustments in the bullpen" in terms of "more depth." Joe then said that they need pitchers in the pen who can give them more than one inning per game and who could pitch more often.

Sounds like Kyle Farnsworth will be traded this winter.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at October 10, 2006 04:06 PM

Comments

Old Zucchini Nose is up to his tricks again. This guy never points the finger at himself. The Yankees weren't overmatched. That's a joke. How can he even say that? That team has one guy who can overmatch you -- Zumaya -- and a bunch of decent pitchers and a so-so lineup. There is nothing "overmatching" about them and to say that is one big insult to his own team.

Why doesn't he just admit that shoehorning Sheffield back into the lineup, and benching Melky, ruined the tone and feel of this team? It changed their philosophy and they looked dead in the playoffs.

Good luck trading Farnsworth, by the way. No one is taking that contract unless you eat most of it. And considering we still don't know what Bruney and Proctor will pitch like next year, it's better to keep him around. It's funny that Joe is complaining about relievers who can't go more than one inning or back-to-back days since when he came into the season, without seeing anyone pitch, he said he would never use Farnsworth or Sturtze (remember him?) on back to back days or for more than one inning.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 04:18 PM

He did some one thing about Sheff that left me vexed. He said that he was forcing Sheff into the line-up, because they didn't think Jason could play 1B FT - and that Sheff seemed to add more than Wilson, Guiel, etc.

But, then, Torre clearly said "Sheffield was not at the top of his game" and that he had "only 25 At Bats" to get ready.

OMG, then, why did you bat him clean-up Joe?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 04:22 PM

That's good baileywalk. Insult a person's appearance to make your point.

Posted by: RICH [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 04:32 PM

You mean that Torre's nose doesn't sometimes make you think of Judge Alvin Valkenheiser?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 04:48 PM

I'm confused. Why would the team need more depth in the bullpen when it already has Bruney, Proctor, Farnsworth, and Rivera with the possibility of Sturtze coming back as well. Not to mention that one of the younger guys (Karstens/Rasner) could even be in the mix as well.

Isn't this team really only a few starters short of being able to dispatch the Tigers? Do Cashman and Torre really think this was a bullpen problem? I'm confused that Torre and Cashman wouldn't realize that it's the absence of workhorse starters which caused the heavy use of the bullpen to begin with.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 04:52 PM

You mean that Torre's nose doesn't sometimes make you think of Judge Alvin Valkenheiser?

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Holy shit, dude, that's an obscure reference. Glad I'm not the only one who sees the resemblance, though.

By the way, seeing someone else make that comparison made my day, Steve. I thank you.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 04:59 PM

You are not alone baileywalk!
LOL.

MJ - I was shocked that Torre, when asked about "changes" needed never said boo about the SP and went right into the thing about the pen needing an adjustment.

BTW, MJ, you really think:
(A) Sturtze will be on the team in 2007, and
(B) He will be effective?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 05:26 PM

A. Yes
B. No

:)

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 05:44 PM

I'm glad Torre is coming back, but I was puzzled when he specifically brought up the bullpen as the place that needs improvement next year. This team lost because our starting pitching let us down to varying degrees in games 2, 3 and 4.

Of course the offense was anemic, but the quality of the at-bats would have been different had we been in games 3 and 4 for at least 6 innnings.

Job 1 is better strating pitching next year. And you have to try to do that any way possible whether its trades, the farm system or free agency.

Joe's mantra has long been, "We pitch, we win." How true.

Posted by: Joel [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 07:15 PM

//I was shocked that Torre, when asked about "changes" needed never said boo about the SP and went right into the thing about the pen needing an adjustment..//

Is addressing starting pitching something you really want your manager getting into at this point? Wouldn't admitting that give more leverage to the free agent SP's out there? I don't expect Torre or Cashman to address much of anything yet. No without first dealing with Moose's option and things of that nature.

Posted by: Jen [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 07:24 PM

Jen, I hope that's the reason.

Our pen actually did an ok job in the LDS. The starters by ER. 3, 4, 5, 6 (combo). Guess which one we won.

Posted by: 98Yanks [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 08:24 PM

I'm wondering if Joe (and Cash) already know that there's a greater chance at getting help for the pen, than the rotation, so, they've decided to just concentrate on that?

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 10:40 PM

Well, maybe Detroit is really that good of a team? They made short work of the A's tonight, although they do thrive against left-handed pitching. And as good as a GM as Beane is, you'd think he could get someone that could pinch hit for his 9th place hitter, who is only playing because of an injury. Hard to believe they have someone on the roster for an LCS that hasn't even played in a ML game, even if it was due to that same injury. (Funny fact, Posada's second major league appearance was as a PINCH RUNNER in the 95 division series.)
And Sean Casey--ouch.

Posted by: JeremyM [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 10, 2006 11:49 PM

Anyone else depressed that a crappy team like the A's -- who were getting shut out -- were teeing off on Zumaya and our players were swinging right through his fastball? Giambi and A-Rod looked totally overmatched. Bradley and his boys had no trouble catching up to his (according to the gun) 103-mile-an-hour fastball.

Posted by: baileywalk [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 11, 2006 12:05 AM

Well, maybe Leyland and company weren't lying when they said the shadows from playing a daygame were a huge edge for them? Naw, we don't need a stinkin' retractable dome:)

Posted by: JeremyM [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 11, 2006 12:13 AM