……..it seems that it takes four new coaches to screw in a replacement: Pena, Bowa, Gator and Kerrigan.
From the Journal News -
Most major-league managers fill their coaching staffs with old drinking buddies, golf partners and maybe a few younger guys who can throw batting practice.
In a business where job security is fleeting, it is customary to surround yourself with people who aren’t threats. Let the ambitious find a job at somebody else’s expense.
Then there is Joe Torre, a man so confident in his status that he added four former managers to his staff this season.
Third-base coach Larry Bowa, bullpen coach Joe Kerrigan, bench coach Lee Mazzilli and first-base coach Tony Pena all have major-league managerial experience. With the exception of Kerrigan, all hope to manage again.
“They say you don’t invite the wolf into the henhouse,” Pena said. “But Joe isn’t afraid of the wolf or anything else. He knows who he is.”
Cashman said he and Torre agreed on all of the moves.
“It’s great when you have a manager secure enough to want the best people,” Cashman said. “He knows that even if somebody wants to take him out, they can’t do it.”
I think it’s going to work. Let Torre deal with the media and be the buffer between Stein and the team. Let Bowa, Pena and Kerrigan run the games – which I think is what Zimmer did when he was here.