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Dishing dirt "below" Torre

UPDATE (8pm, 1/25/09): So it seems that the first-person attribution of these quotes to Torre were a bit off-base, according to Verducci, the co-author. The bold/navy is my emphasis.

SI.com: Two New York newspapers are reporting that Joe Torre rips Alex Rodriguez and George Steinbrenner in the book, and that Brian Cashman was not as supportive of Torre returning as Yankees manager after the 2007 season as was previously believed. What can you tell us about these reports?

Verducci: I think it’s important to understand context here. The book is not a first-person book by Joe Torre, it’s a third-person narrative based on 12 years of knowing the Yankees and it’s about the changes in the game in that period. Seems to me the New York Post assigned this third-person book entirely to Joe Torre and that’s not the case. In fact, if people saw that Post story they probably noticed there are no quotes from Joe Torre in it.

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Commish For A Day #11: Realignment II, By Value

Since it is about the money, it’s mildly amazing we made it this far without this suggestion • realignment based on what each franchise is worth.

This is fully acknowledged as the bleatings of a beaten Blue Jays fan trying to rationalize his younger self’s shortsighted team-picking (they were really good in the ’80s, plus I’m Canadian). It seems to be a consensus here that baseball is in need of realignment, but the scenario floated here the other day kept the Jays in the AL East with two-thirds of Mt. YankRaysSox . No disrespect, but that won’t do.

One problem with the three-division format and unbalanced schedule is that it gives some of the franchises, considering their financial clout, a softer road toward contention.

In 2006, the St. Louis Cardinals (ninth in the most recent Forbes MLB Valuation) got in the playoffs with 83 wins. The L.A. Dodgers (fourth) got in with 84 last season. The Seattle Mariners were able to contend in the AL West for most of 2007, even though they weren’t a very good team (as 2008 proved).…

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Commish For A Day #9: Balanced Schedule, InterLeague

My one move would be to eliminate interleague play. Here are the repercussions of its elimination.
  1. The most pervasive benefit is that it allows the leagues to return to a balanced schedule (or a nearly balanced one).
  2. A balanced schedule removes the advantages some teams may get as they pursue the wild card. Did the Brewers have an easier path to the Wild Card than the Mets since their interleague games were different? I don’t know, but without interleague play and with virtually identical schedules I don’t even have to think about it.
  3. Relatedly, the balanced schedule eliminates the random penalties and benefits brought on by fluctuations in division strength. As things stand now, why should the Orioles face a tougher path to the Wild Card than, say, the Athletics?
  4. The balanced schedule allows teams in a league to benefit from the attendance boost seen when big market teams visit. I’m sure cities like Pittsburgh and Miami would benefit from seeing more of the Dodgers.

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