From the AP -
The New York Yankees could hire a new manager by the end of this week.
“It’s possible,” Hank Steinbrenner said Wednesday, adding that the process could extend longer. “We want to get it done as soon as possible.”
Teams aren’t allowed to announce moves during the World Series, but the Yankees could ask commissioner Bud Selig for permission if they’d like to name a successor on off days Friday or Tuesday.
Hank Steinbrenner said last week the team planned to consider five or six candidates but the Yankees may limit the field to the original trio.
“It’s starting to look more and more that way,” he said,
“It’s going to be a tough decision, but what we want is no different than what the fans want. We want to win,” Hank Steinbrenner said. “Be the best manager, be the best leader and win. We’re in a transition period. We’ve got a lot of great young pitchers, a lot of great young players coming.
“I’m not saying we don’t have a chance next year. Obviously, the Marlins beat us a few years ago with the same kind of young pitching staff. And Detroit got to the World Series with the same kind of young pitching staff, so it can happen.”
But he also cautioned that success might not be immediate.
“I think the most important thing is whoever we hire, give ‘em a chance because he’s not getting the ’96 Yankees. He’s getting an even younger team or for the most part a team in transition. Give him a little while,” Hank Steinbrenner said, “We want to win the World Series every year. We’re not stupid enough to think we can do it. Of course, we’d love to win the World Series next year.”
The Yankees rotation in 1996 was Andy Pettitte, Kenny Rogers, Dwight Gooden, Jimmy Key, and David Cone. From that group, only Pettitte and Cone were outstanding that season – and Cone was limited to 11 starts.
I think the Yankees rotation in 2008 has a chance to match that group – or better it. And, the Yankees offense in 2008 will be better than it was in 1996, for sure.
Hank is just setting the bar low here – so that his hire looks good next season.
I am disappointed that the Yankees only interviewed three guys for the spot. It tells you that they pretty much had their mind made up on who they wanted for the job.