Thursday, October 18, 2007

Can Torre's Departure Break the Yanks?

The impact of losing Joe Torre will certainly be big for the Bronx Bombers this upcoming year, but can his loss lead to even more change? The possibility is certainly there and that is a scary thought for many Yankee fans. Before his tenure with the Yanks was over, Mariano Rivera had said that he wanted to play for Torre and if Torre didn't return he might test the free agent market. Losing Rivera would certainly be a big lose, as Rivera has been the cornerstone of the bullpen for over 10 years. Losing Rivera would also mean that only two of the starters (and one pitcher- Andy Petite) from the late 90's glory days would remain, those being Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada.

And that isn't 100% sure either because Posada's contract also ends this season, which means he can leave if he wants to also. Same situation with Andy Petite too. Imagine losing Posada, Rivera, Petite and Torre in the same season. Might as well lose the Yankees face. Personally I don't think we will lose them all, especially not Posada, but then again you never know, especially with Hank and Hal Steinbrenner in more power now (since we don't know their style of running a team).

And then on top of all that is the whole A Rod situation, I have a feeling this is going to be a long and crazy offseason...

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