As the New York Yankees prepare to say goodbye to legendary shortstop Derek Jeter, the team honored the legend that managed Jeter for most of his career today, Joe Torre.
The ceremony was something fans had expected since Torre’s departure from the Yankees after the 2007 season. Torre’s legacy will not be forgotten with his tenure as manager of the Yankees. While at the helm, he led the team to four World Series championships in 1996 and their three-peat from 1998 through 2000.
Among all Yankees managers, Torre is second all-time in franchise wins with 1,173, behind only Joe McCarthy. Over his twelve year duration, he proved the city of New York wrong. When introduced as manager following the 1995 season, much of the media scrutinized the decision made and even nicknamed him “clueless Joe.” He shut them up and his success speaks for itself. Torre took the Yankees to the playoffs every year while serving as manager, winning 10 AL East titles, six American League pennants, and his four world championships.
With the team set for greatness, Torre did exactly what was expected of him — he won championships. With the core four consisting of Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, and many other stars surrounding them, Torre gave the city of New York something they had not seen out of the Bronx since the 1950′s: a dynasty. It unfortunately came to an end in a very exciting series during a depressing time for the nation in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.
Though the team did not have much playoff success in Torre’s last five years at the helm, the late George Steinbrenner kept him around in hopes of bringing back the success they witnessed in the late 90s. Unfortunately, it never happened and the fallout that occurred after 2007 was something many saw coming — it left them all wondering when his number six would be honored in monument park. That day came today. That leaves one single digit left for the Yankees to retire. Could that come September 7?