davidmarver wrote:When you do as little with as much talent as Torre has at his disposal you deserve Worst Manager of the Year.
Brilliant statement of the year.
Anyone who thinks that a manager who led an underachieving 200 million dollar team to the playoffs deserves an award before a manager who led a wildly overachieving team to the brink of the playoffs is crazy. Granted, the A's are a top-down team, but Macha followed the Hippocratic Oath, which is my litmus test for a manager - Do No Harm.
Torre, on the other hand, did a fine job as usual, but when you outspend most of the competition by a 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 ratio, you expect more. And Torre didn't deliver. The only trophy he'll get this year is the "most times caught picking his nose on camera" award.
I think you're confusing the manager with the front office. The front office should recieve worst of the year. NOT Joe Torre. He doesn't sign the players. I can guarentee you he didn't ask for Jaret Wright or Kevin Brown.
Joe has to deal with what he's given. The Yankees may spend $200 million dollars, but let's be honest...this is not a $200 million dollar roster. 75% of the team is overpaid. They have tremendous talent, but not the talent a $200 million dollar team should supply.
Kevin Brown, Jaret Wright, Carl Pavano, Mike Mussina and Chien-Ming Wang were all hurt during the season. Not all of them are superstars, but they are compared to their replacements...guys like Tim Redding, Darrell May, Sean Henn, Tanyon Sturtze, Al Leiter, etc.
To say that Joe Torre deserves "Worst Manager of the Year" when he managed through nearly an entire month with only 2 healthy starting pitchers, Randy Johnson (if he even was 100%, many believe he wasn't) and Mussina, is idiotic. Joe Torre did his best managing job in 2005. He cannot be blamed for the players he was given. If you think anything else, you're simply not paying attention.