Torre to A-Rod: Please Opt Out

From ESPN:

   The New York Yankees manager concluded A-Rod shouldn’t have
distracted a Toronto fielder this week during a popup, joining a
chorus of baseball people who said the two-time AL MVP broke the
sport’s unwritten code.

   "He may have been excited about the fact that we were leading
the ballgame," Torre said Friday before his team’s series opener
at Boston. "It was probably inappropriate to do it at the time he
did it, but you can’t change it, unfortunately."

Maybe Joe’s just speaking the truth. Maybe he’s also sick of the A-Rod show. At this point, it seems clear that he isn’t a fan of his team’s third basemen, and my guess is that he’ll be relieved once Rodriguez opts out of his contract at the end of the year. It’s funny. One of Joe’s perceived strengths is getting front-line players to play in New York. In this case he’s helping to push out the team’s best player. I can’t say I’m thrilled.

8 comments… add one
  • He ‘had a talk with A-Rod’ about a play that many have said is ridiculous people are even complaining about it, but then says nothing but “we showed some fire tonight” when Youk almost gets hit in the head?
    Maybe A-Rod should have tackled Clark instead.

    AndrewYF June 2, 2007, 10:20 am
  • Last night’s game was an embarrassment for both sides. Pounding a 65 mph pitch that floats in the middle of the strike zone for four innings does not qualify as “show(ing) some fire” to me.
    On the flip side, it’s getting harder and harder to defend Lugo and Drew, who with one hit each would have sent the game to extra innings or given the Sox a win. Terrible.

    Paul SF June 2, 2007, 10:26 am
  • I think Torre’s showing fire comment plus getting tossed last night may reflect pressure he is feeling to get the team playing better.
    Can the Sox bypass Wake in favor of Tavarez next series with the Yankess? He has sucked royally against them this year.

    Tom sf June 2, 2007, 10:39 am
  • No kidding, nick. Torre is a bit biased at this point and if I were A-Rod I’d be thinking – “f off old man.”
    Honestly though, I think the chances are better that A-Rod is still with the team than Torre. After all, Torre isn’t their only RH power bat playing excellent 3B defense. Cashman recognizes A-Rod’s value and that they get him at a discount (because of the Texas money). If he doesn’t – well, he’s a worse GM than I thought.
    Remy said on the air that it was a good play and he had it happen to him many times. Shouldn’t be A-Rod’s fault that the guy fell for it.

    Woosta YF June 2, 2007, 12:00 pm
  • I always thought Torre’s strength also was not calling out players in the press, not adding to the drama that is playing in New York, etc. This seems the opposite of doing that. Interesting, indeed…

    Paul SF June 2, 2007, 12:06 pm
  • One thing to keep in mind that I just realized:
    A-Rod is the first player Torre has had that really took the focus off the team. In a sense Torre is trying to control something that he can’t. A-Rod is the first player he had where the attention just overwhlems everything else. And I think to some extent Torre tries to reign that back. Some segment of the baseball world wanted a statement from Torre like he gave yesterday. If anything, that really puts an end to the story (even as it won’t) because the manager reprimanded him.
    Let’s use Clemens as the counter example. Clemens came in and took alot of attention, but he really dialed back on who he was and his performance suffered. It took him a good year to get comfortable. And the bat throwing incident at Piazza is the only comparable and Torre took him to task for that. Buut the Clemens in New York, apart from those run-ins with Piazza, never really became a story himself – day after day and year after year.
    When necessary Torre has tried to silence or shift the conversation. The problem with A-Rod is that the story is always beyond Torre’s control. Indeed, everything Torre does to control the story just becomes part of the story.

    Woosta YF June 2, 2007, 12:31 pm
  • Torre getting all bad calls on games. since they cant win. And thats just not right.
    Yankee players are up there in age thats one reason.
    two there only 5 or more games behind in wild card.
    and lets not forget the alcs 2004 when he slap the ball out of arryos hand. and he said he would do it again

    critter June 3, 2007, 10:32 am
  • On the flip side, it’s getting harder and harder to defend Lugo and Drew, who with one hit each would have sent the game to extra innings or given the Sox a win. Terrible.
    so beacuse two guys cant get a hit it means there terrbile…
    yea alright.

    critter June 3, 2007, 10:33 am

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