Joe Torre has turned down an extension to continue managing the Yankees. According to Peter Abraham, Torre was offered a $5 million deal, with an additional $3 million in incentives. I guess at this point in his career, Torre didn't want to take a potential pay cut.
Now we all have to cross our fingers as we venture into the great unknown, and we get our fist new manager since 1996. Changing managers used to be as common for Yankees fans as meeting at the giant Louisville Slugger, now it's a shock and we don't quite know what to do with ourselves.
Don Mattingly does not seem like the right man for the job, but I'm not sure about Joe Girardi, either. I know I don't want Tony LaRussa.
Either way, Torre is able to leave with his dignity intact, resigning rather than facing the axe.