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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

DEREK JETER SPEAKS ABOUT JOE TORRE: YANKEES INTERVIEW DON MATTINGLY

Late today, Yankee Shortstop Captain Derek Jeter released a statement to the media in regards to the Yankees and former Manager Joe Torre parting ways. The statement is as follows:

"Out of my great respect for Mr. Torre, I have refrained from comment until he had a chance to address the public.

"In my eyes, Joe Torre is more than a Hall of Fame manager. He is a friend for life, and the relationship we have shared has helped shape me in ways that transcend the game of baseball. His class, dignity, and the way he respected those around him--from ballplayers to batboys--are all qualities that are easy to admire, but difficult to duplicate.

"I have known Mr. Torre for a good majority of my adult life, and there has been no bigger influence on my professional development. It was a privilege to play for him on the field, and an honor to learn from him off the field."

Class!

Meanwhile, in Tampa as the Yankees turn...former Yankee first baseman and current bench coach, Don Mattingly, interviewed first with Brian Cashman and the operations team and then with the Steinbrenner god-head. This follows by a day Joe Girardi interviewing and precedes first base coach Tony Pena who will interview tomorrow for the position. We will keep you updated.

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