Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Yankees will formally introduce Joe Girardi on Thursday

The Yankees will roll out the red carpet for their new manager Thursday, formally introducing Joe Girardi at a Yankee Stadium press conference.

The event, slated to begin at 1 p.m., will feature all the pomp and circumstance, as Girardi will be presented with his pinstripes. This will be Girardi's third tenure in the Bronx, having played for the Bombers from 1996-99, winning three championships, then spending the 2005 season as Joe Torre's bench coach.

Girardi was hired Monday as the 32nd manager in team history, signing a three-year contract worth almost $8 million.

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A whole new ballgame

Torre won big in N.Y.; don't expect him to do it in L.A.

Posted: Wednesday October 31, 2007 1:08PM; Updated: Wednesday October 31, 2007 1:11PM

Joe Torre may find his reception by fans and media isn't quite so warm once he takes off his suit for a Dodgers uniform.

Never has a man been so fortunate to lose his job. Joe Torre is everybody's hero now, laughing it up with David Letterman,
getting pats on the back from the public and press for turning down the
New York Yankees' so-called insulting one-year offer of $5 million plus
incentives and now, apparently, on his way to the Los Angeles Dodgers,
who dumped a good man and a perfectly good manager, Grady Little,
in order give him the job. (Little may have officially resigned, but
there's no doubt he could read the handwriting on the wall.) George Steinbrenner's son Hank
says Torre ought to thank The Boss for hiring him 12 years ago. He
ought to be even more grateful that the Steinbrenners essentially fired
him now.

This isn't to say that Torre is a bad guy or bad
manager -- far from it -- but he has no particular magic, either. The
"genius" coach or manager is one of the great myths of modern sports.
There is no such thing, not today, when every team in every sport puts
so much time and effort into scouting and preparation and high-tech
study of opponents' strengths and weaknesses. It is virtually
impossible for any head man to consistently outsmart or outwork his
competitors. Torre is an experienced, intelligent manager who certainly
brought a steady hand to a volatile franchise, but it didn't take an

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October 31, 2007 -- WE ALL like Don Mattingly and, really, what is there not to like?

As a player, Mattingly could have written a book on how to handle being the best player in the game and the most in-demand athlete in New York with grace. If that book is actually ever written, Alex Rodriguez should read it.

As a coach, Mattingly navigated an uncomfortable spot, being both Joe Torre's aide and his presumptive heir, with dignity and loyalty. He supported Torre unconditionally, gained Torre's complete trust. We never saw avarice for a job he clearly wanted, never heard even an off-the-record dagger toward the manager.

Again, it is hard not to like Mattingly. But if you were supporting Mattingly for Yankee manager over Joe Girardi, you were letting these feelings win. You were letting your heart beat your brain.

Is it possible Mattingly could have been a great Yankee manager? Yep. Is there a chance Girardi will self-sabotage his chances to succeed? You bet.

But this decision had to be made now, off available evidence. And when you put your fondness for Mattingly, the person, in check and let the coldness of logic rule, there really is no other way to go here. Because, as a catcher, Girardi understands pitching better, and the Yankees are now being built around young pitching. And because Girardi managed a near exclusive young team in Florida and is going to be handed an untraditional Yankee team, one deep in inexperience.

But this is going to be like riding the orneriest bull at the rodeo no matter the identity of the manager.

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October 31, 2007 -- With Grady Little out of the way in L.A., Joe Torre is the Dodgers' first choice to take over the club. According to sources Torre has agreed in principle to a three-year deal worth $14.5 million and could be introduced tomorrow, the same day the Yankees are holding a press conference to welcome Joe Girardi, Torre's successor, at Yankee Stadium.

VACCARO: Manager's L.A. Move Comes A Little Too Quick

SHERMAN: The Move That Had To Be Made

The Dodgers last night denied a deal had been reached. Sides are discussing the salary for Torre's potential coaching staff. Historically, the Dodgers have not paid coaches very well.

And Alex Rodriguez could be following Torre from The Bronx to Hollywood. One of the reasons Rodriguez opted out of the last three years on his Yankees contract was he wasn't sure what Yankee life would be like without Torre's calming presence in the clubhouse and dugout. In the Dodgers, Rodriguez will find a club in dire need of a jolt at the plate and in the stands.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Wedding DAY, for Tonylimo......

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see ya all in November , i'm getting married today and be on my the time i get back the Yankees better have their manager in place and signed A-ROD.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

New York Yankees Contact Don Mattingly About Manager's Job

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Yankees contacted Don
Mattingly about replacing Joe Torre as the Major League Baseball
team's manager.

Mattingly confirmed his interest in the position in a
statement released last night through his agent, Ray Schulte. He
will travel to Tampa, Florida, early next week to meet with
Yankees management, the statement said.

The New York Times reported today that the Yankees also
contacted Joe Girardi, the 2006 National League Manager of the
Year with the Florida Marlins and a former Yankees catcher, and
Tony Pena, the Yankees' current first base coach and the
American League Manager of the Year with the Kansas City Royals
in 2003.

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman didn't immediately
respond to an e-mail, while Steve Mandell, Girardi's agent,
didn't return a voice-mail message left after business hours at
his Chicago office. An agent listing couldn't be found for Pena.

Mattingly, 46, was the Yankees' bench coach this season
after three years as the team's hitting coach. He's never
managed before.

One of the most popular players in the franchise's history,
Mattingly batted .307 with 222 home runs and 1,099 runs batted
in over his 14-year career. He was the 1985 AL Most Valuable
Player, a six-time All-Star and won nine Gold Glove Awards for
defense at first base.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Yankee Fan

Hey Tony,

I never heard anyone tell the Steinbrenners that Torre managed to get the Bombers to the playoffs with about "Fifty" different pitchers this year! Any other manager would have finished in last aaaaaugh maybe second to last with what Torre had to deal with! They want him to cook the gourmet meal without all the gourmet trimmings! If the Yankees had the pitching staff of Detroit, Boston, Cleveland, and about half of the other major league teams, they would be IN the Series by now! Yankees had to score ten runs a game to be safe! That sucks big for the Bombers and any other manager they put in THAT situation!! I sure hope the baby Steinbrenners will suck it up and seek some advise from people who actually KNOW baseball now that they appear to be in the driver's seat!!

Joe LaBarbera (Yankee fan since that wimp Mazaroski hit that homer at Forbes Field)

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Yanks Risk Losing Rodriguez

At Yankee Stadium last week, Brian Cashman said he would recommend to ownership that the Yankees not chase Alex Rodriguez if he opts out of his contract and becomes a free agent. The comment seemed to hedge on his previous statements, putting the onus on George Steinbrenner to agree with Cashman’s stance.

Over two days of meetings in Tampa, Fla., Cashman made his point. Steinbrenner and his sons, Hank and Hal, agreed.

“Yes, I can reaffirm that,” said Cashman, the Yankees’ general manager, as he left Legends Field yesterday. “If Alex Rodriguez opts out of his contract, we will not participate in his free agency. That is accurate and that is definitive.”

The strategy is a gamble for the Yankees, who risk losing Rodriguez if they do not sign him before the opt-out date, 10 days after the end of the World Series. Rodriguez, who is likely to win his third Most Valuable Player award in five seasons, has financial incentive to explore the market.

“Both parties understand that they have rights,” Rodriguez’s agent, Scott Boras, said yesterday. “From the time they acquired Alex, the Yankees made clear that he had this right in his contract. Of course, what the team does and what the team chooses to offer the player, we leave that up to them. We have our rights, and they have theirs. Alex enjoys playing in New York, and we’ll leave it at that.”

After another unfulfilling postseason, though, the question is how badly Rodriguez wants to remain. He went 4 for 15 in the division series, and for all of his achievements, he has never played in the World Series.

The Yankees have lost 13 of their last 17 playoff games, and Rodriguez has absorbed the brunt of the criticism for hitting .148 in those games. In theory, he would not be as much of a focal point in another market, and he may believe another team offers a better chance to win.

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Torre Turns Down Yankees Offer

The New York Yankees

The Yankees offered Manager Joe Torre a one-year deal with a base salary of $5 million and the chance to make another $3 million in performance bonuses. But after 12 years and 12 postseason appearances (including four World Series titles), Torre turned it down.

“We respect his decision. We appreciate everything he’s done. But it is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward, and we will be doing it very quickly,” team President Randy Levine said.

General Manager Brian Cashman said that Torre’s successor has not been named, nor have potential candidates been formally identified. “I can promise you that the process is going to take some time,” Cashman said. “I ask for everyone’s patience as we review the individuals and make recommendations to ownership.”

Under the deal he was offered, Torre would have received a $1 million bonus for reaching the playoffs, another $1 million for reaching the American League Championship Series and $1 million if the team made the World Series. If he did lead the Yankees to the World Series in 2008, there would have been an $8 million option for the 2009 season.

Torre flew to Tampa earlier today and meet with Yankees officials at Legends Field, a day after George Steinbrenner, his sons and other Yankees executives held two days of meetings about the manager’s future.

Torre arrived at Legends at around 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. The meeting lasted a little more than an hour. Torre left the complex .

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Torre out of Yankees job..

Posted: Thursday, 18 October 2007 5:22PM
Torre Rejects $5 Million Offer to Return to Yankees

-- Joe Torre is out as manager of the New York Yankees, rejecting a
substantial pay cut after the team failed to make it past the first
round of the playoffs for the third straight year.

Torre turned down a $5 million, one-year contract Thursday that still would have made him the highest paid manager in baseball.

Bench coach Don Mattingly is the leading contender to replace Torre,
who led the Yanks to 12 straight playoff appearances and won four World
Series championships. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi, the NL Manager
of the Year with Florida in 2006, is another top contender.

"It's a difficult day,'' general manager Brian Cashman said.

But it was a day Yankees' fans could see coming.

After losing the first two playoff games to Cleveland, owner George
Steinbrenner said he didn't think Torre would be back if the Yankees
didn't advance.

Torre, who took over the team to start the 1996 season, made his
decision after traveling fom New York to the team's spring training
complex in Tampa, Fla. He was accompanied by Cashman and chief
operating officer Lonn Trost.

"It is now time for the New York Yankees to move forward,'' Levine said.

Torre made $7.5 million this year, the final season of a $19.2
million, three-year contract. His new deal would have included
substantial bonuses for each round of the playoffs the team reached.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Apple iPhone users reporting unresponsive multi-touch displays

Just as we were starting to think that the Apple iPhone would make it through the launch windows relatively unscathed by hardware defects and technical faults, we’re getting reports of a small number of iPhones’ multi-touch displays going numb to touch-inputs.

Forum users at Apple Insider and MacRumors are complaining of a “dead strip” starting to plague some iPhones out there. The “dead strip” on the multi-touch display loses sensitivity to all touch-inputs, and seems to afflict the bottom or top portion of the screen. Explains one forum user, “”First the very bottom of the screen went out so I could not hit the space-bar on the keyboard, or change to the number/character screen. Then it got worse a few days later, now I cannot hit any of the main function buttons.”

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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Steinbrenner of Old Is Back

There is no soap opera in sports quite like the New York Yankees.

Think about it: Is there anyplace else where you can wake up on a beautiful October morning and learn that, with his team one game from elimination, the owner is threatening to fire his Hall of Fame manager, trying to fire an umpire and making predictions about future events over which he may have no control.

Love him, hate him or laugh at him, George Steinbrenner is a true sports icon if only in the sense that all lunatic owners past, present or future will always be compared to him. There are Babe Ruth-like feats in sports, Patrick Henry-like moments of oratory, Bobby Knight-like coaching temper tantrums and Richard Nixon-like acts of paranoia, lying and cheating. (See Bush, George W. for continuing comparisons).

Then there are acts of lunacy in sports ownership that can only be equated with George M. Steinbrenner.

For a while, it looked as if we had seen -- or, more significantly, heard -- the last of Steinbrenner. In recent years, virtually all of his contact with the public had come through carefully crafted "statements" put out by a private public relations firm on his behalf. Public sightings became more and more rare. When he showed up at spring training one day this past February, the stadium was virtually sealed off and reporters were pointedly kept away from him. He was at Yankee Stadium on opening day, but hadn't been seen there since.

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Union Officials Allege Deutsche-Bank Fire Cover-Up, Want Scoppetta Out

Posted: Tuesday, 09 October 2007 3:09PM

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two New York City fire unions claim the Fire Department is trying to cover up facts in the investigation into the fatal fire at the former Deutsche Bank building.

1010 WINS AUDIO: Juliet Papa reports

The heads of the Uniformed Firefighters and Fire Officers Associations say top brass at the department told fire chiefs at a meeting last month to stop sending any e-mails about the Aug. 18 fire at the Ground Zero skyscraper.

NYFD Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said Tuesday that the charges are false, and that he's only concerned with the compliance and accountability of FDNY regulations.

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Feel so bad about the Yankees....

Last night i watched the Yankees lose to the Cleveland Indians with a 6-4 loss. But Torre has to come back, there is no better manager suited for the job then Joe. Can you name anyone else...don't think so. If Torre goes somewhere else alot of Yankees will be going too.

"This has been a great 12 years," said Torre, who led the Yankees to 12 straight playoff appearances, won four World Series, appeared in six and copped nine AL East titles. "Whatever the hell happens from here on out I will look back on these 12 years with great pleasure. The 12 years just felt like they were 10 minutes long to be honest with you."

While his players professed their love for Torre, they likely ushered him out with a whimper, losing three of four to a team Johnny Damon still wasn't sure was better than the wild card Yankees.

Yankees Out... Torre?

Sunday, October 07, 2007

NBC’s Zucker Calls for Allies in Copyright Battle

Jeff ZuckerJeff Zucker, the chief executive of NBC Universal, made a speech this week calling for a massive campaign to fight piracy of copyrighted works. Mr. Zucker was branded as the epitome of mainstream media cluelessness by bloggers, in part because his statements were made the same week that Radiohead, the musical equivalent of NBC’S hit, “Heroes,” decided to sell its latest album by letting fans download it for any price they choose.

Michael Arrington, the Tech Crunch blogger, called the speech “Scary Stuff.” Terry Heaton, a thoughtful blogger on new media, wrote of Mr. Zucker’s proposal that Internet Service Providers block copyrighted material on their networks:

This is one of the most dangerous and desperate things I’ve ever heard come out of the mouth of someone who, among other things, is charged with certain responsibilities vis-a-vis the First Amendment.

Mr. Zucker is hardly living in the past. NBC, after all, seems to have more digital officers than the Navy has rear admirals. And Mr. Zucker boasted of all of its initiatives:

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New Prototype Phone Gives Fitness Check

CHIBA, Japan (AP) -- It can take your pulse, check your body fat, time your jogs and tell you if you have bad breath. It even assesses stress levels and inspires you with a pep talk. Meet your new personal trainer: your cell phone.

The prototype Wellness mobile phone from Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. targets users with busy lives who want a hassle-free way of keeping track of their health, according to company spokesman Noriaki Tobita.

The phone, unveiled this week at the CEATEC electronics show outside Tokyo, has an inbuilt motion sensor that detects body movement and calculates how many calories you burn.

The sensor can tell whether you're walking, running, climbing stairs, or resting, and counts the calories accordingly to tally daily totals, Tobita said.

"It's with you wherever you go, like a portable personal trainer," he said.

Like Nike Inc.'s +Nike technology, the handset also keeps track of jogs, letting users set targets and keeping track of time, distance, and calories burnt - all while listening to music through headphones.

Hold the phone with outstretched arms, and it turns into a mini body fat calculator. A sensor at the top of the phone takes your pulse from your fingertip.

Worried about bad breath? Use the phone's breathalyzer. After Tobita blew on a tiny hole on the side of the handset for about three seconds, the screen flashed, "Not too bad."

The Wellness phone, developed by NTT DoCoMo and Mitsubishi Electric Corp., also asks questions to assesses stress levels and offers advice.

When the busy spokesman answered "Yes" to a series of questions - including "Do you feel lethargic?" and "Do you go to bed after midnight?" - a message appeared on the screen warning he was under a lot of stress.

"Don't worry, tomorrow's a fresh new day," the phone then flashed. "Keep your chin up!"

NTT DoCoMo is still testing some of the phone's other technology, including a function to keep track of meals and calculate calorific intake, as well as a networking capacity to let users share data, Tobita said.

Japan has some of the world's most advanced cell phones, enabling users to surf the Web, check in at airports and play motion games.

DoCoMo has not set a release date or price for the Wellness phone. The Tokyo-based company's phones are not sold overseas.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Tonylimo Show # 3,

EBay Revises Its Ambitions for Skype

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 1 — EBay is finally acknowledging that it
paid too much for the Internet phone company Skype two years ago.

EBay is taking a $1.4 billion write-down for Skype, the Internet phone company; Niklas Zennstrom will no longer be its chief.
On Monday, eBay,

based in San Jose, Calif., said it was taking a $1.43 billion charge
related to the acquisition of Skype. EBay paid $2.6 billion for the
rapidly growing service in 2005.

Since the purchase,
Skype’s membership rolls have swelled past 220 million. But the
company has not had as much success making money as it has had growing.
Skype does not charge its users for calls to other Skype users. There
is only a small fee for calls to landline numbers and cellphones.

earned $90 million during the second quarter of 2007, far below
eBay’s projections. EBay said in a regulatory filing that the
charge was “the result of the updated long-term financial outlook
for Skype.”

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Monday, October 01, 2007

Proposal to Rename Queens Park for Phil Rizzuto

- Long before Phil Rizzuto took his place in the Hall of Fame, he
played ball for Richmond Hill High School. Now, residents of the Queens
neighborhood want to name the local public ballfields after him.

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman joined community leaders Monday to
announce their campaign to honor the Yankees shortstop, who died in
August at the age of 89.

The proposal is also meant to address the concerns of some community
members who are eager to get rid of the park's current name, Smokey
Oval, which they find offensive, Lancman said.

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation says on its
Web site that the name refers to a time when the Long Island Rail Road
tracks nearby littered the park with soot and ash from railway smoke.
But Lancman says some members of the Sikh community are concerned
people will associate the name with smoking, a practice they reject.

The Parks Department said in a statement that the agency had not yet
received a formal proposal, but "would welcome the opportunity to
review'' the matter. The parkland contains ballfields, swings and
basketball and handball courts.

Rizzuto was the New York Yankees shortstop during the team's dynasty
years of the 1940s and 1950s; he later became a beloved broadcaster for
four decades.

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