La Russa, Valentine Won’t Be Yanks’ Manager


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During the past few weeks, the New York Yankees have lost the American League Division Series to the Cleveland Indians; they [lost their class] via the Joe Torre fiasco; they might [lose their best player](http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3067135), as well as mainstays Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, in the near future; and now, they’ve lost the most qualified replacement option for Torre. Basically, the Yankees are currently the biggest losers in baseball. (Even the Tampa Bay Devil Rays never had this much bad press in such a short period of time). 


Tony La Russa, who like Torre has helmed five teams to World Series appearances, [re-signed with the St. Louis Cardinals] yesterday for a two-year contract, ending speculation that he might jump ship to New York. La Russa, the third winningest manager of all-time, actually replaced Torre after the ex-Yankees manager was fired from the Cardinals midway through the 1995 season.


Meanwhile, New York also announced it was “unlikely” they would interview Bobby Valentine for the managerial opening. Valentine is the Mets’ former skipper and current manager of the Chiba Lotte Mariners in Japan’s Pacific League. Hank Steinbrenner, George’s son, said that the team would interview four or five people and Valentine [wasn’t on the list].


The Yankees actually began their interviewing process yesterday, starting with ex-Yankee and former Marlins manager Joe Girardi, who is probably the second leading candidate after Don Mattingly (pictured). Whoever gets hired, however, will be taking over a team that’s classless, World Series-less over the past seven years and has a Steinbrenner Trinity—whose wallets only are only outsized by their arrogance—calling the final shots.


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