Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Joe Torre continues to tarnish his legacy following new book

Joe Torre knew what he was getting into when he decided to team up with Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci and write The Yankee Years. Sure, there has already been backlash from media pundits and the players he criticized, but Torre is trying to sell books, something that negative publicity almost guarantees.

While “St. Joe” will rake in some extra dough for airing the Yankees’ dirty laundry, he will also be looked at in a different light by many fans. It just makes Torre - the usually classy manager who knows his way in and around the media - look like a whining brat who, on his way out, turned to shout at everyone and get his last two cents in.

Now I'm not saying that any of what he has said is untrue but that's not the point. Torre has shown that he is all about money. It started when he was mad about a paycut the Yankees offered that would have still kept him as the highest paid manager in baseball. And when it comes down to it, that was the Yankees' way of getting rid of Torre without firing him, even though he had declined as a manager and often made questionable moves.

Even though I won't call Torre a liar, I will call him a hypocrite. In his book he jokingly refers to some teammates saying the players working with Brian MacNamee were on "Mac's Program," implying that they - and he - knew what was going on with guys like Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte. Then Joe says he never knew of any of his players using steroids or HGH.

Torre could have just ridden his convertible into the sunset of LA and maintained his classy image. But now he just seems like everyone else who writes a book - blast a few big name guys and watch the money pour in.

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