On October 29, 2004, Jim Baumbach of Newsday, said Joe Torre would like Coach Mel to return, while the Tampa execs feel it might be time to ask Mel to step down. It'll be an interesting situation to monitor.
(reported by nj.com)
- Deja vu all over again? Now Baumbach surfaces in Newsday today with a long, meandering piece about someone taking credit for Chien-Ming Wang. That being, Billy Connors.
I thought everyone agreed the Connors & Co. interference from Tampa wasn't helping the team &
it would be stopped.
- But Baumbach has a personal agenda, wants to make some news. So he starts by saying how much the Yankees paid for Wang, & that Wang went with the Yanks because they offered more money. Baumbach must be desperate for more assignments from MLB or ESPN. So, he gets you to hate the Yankees in the first sentence.
- Then, he proceeds in his article to pander to Billy Connors. Why?
And Jim is a hallowed writer, a guardian of our morals---the president of the BBWAA said that's what they do, guard our morals. Baumbach has put Connors in the limelight before
referenced in the October 2004 Newsday article. At that time, the idea was to undermine the entire team effort, including of course Joe Torre and Mel Stottlemyre.