Peter Abraham is reporting on his blog that Larry Bowa will stay with the Dodgers and coach under Torre. This is sad yet predictable news for the Yankees since they are currently in the market for a 3rd base coach, and Bowa was quite popular in his time with the Yankees. Now that their first choice is out, the question is who is their back up choice? Do you bring in a popular Yankee of old? Paul O'Neil or Tino Martinez perhaps? Maybe someone with coaching or managing experience? Or do you just promote from within the ranks? I don't like the idea of giving a former popular Yankee a coaching job unless they're actually good at coaching. Giving a former player a coaching job just because they're a former player isn't a good idea. Personally, I think the Yankees should bring in a former big name player that didn't play for the Yankees. If I had my pick, the Yankees would bring in Cal Ripken Jr. to coach third base. Just think about how great it would be to have the hall of fame iron man coaching kids like Cano. You think he would accept any lacadasical play, or laziness from Cano? Plus it would be a great selling point to try and get Mussina to return. The Yankees can say "Look Mike, we brought your old friend and former teammate Cal Ripken Jr. to coach for us, please sign on the dotted line.", and then we have the Moose back. In fact, I don't see any way that this isn't a good idea, well beside the fact that Ripken would never sign to coach for the Yankees.
My other idea for how the Yankees can approach this off season is to ask for a $700 billion bailout plan of their own. They can claim that they dug themselves in a hole by signing all these subprime veterans over the years, and now need the money to bail themselves out of 3rd place. Just think about how easy trade negotiations would be if the Yankees had $700 billion at their disposal. They can call Tampa Bay and say "Give us Kazmir for a billion dollars.", and you think Tampa wouldn't budge? Then we can call Toronto and ask for Roy Halladay for another billion dollars, call St. Louis and get Pujols for a billion dollars, and call Texas for Josh Hamilton in exchange for another billion dollars. Relievers? I bet K-Rod would take a billion dollar contract to be a set up man for Mariano. We just fixed our entire team and we still have $695 billion left to spend. Also, I bet Ripken would coach third base for the Yankees if a billion dollars were involved, and even if he didn't we could always call the Dodgers and ask them to give us Bowa for a billion dollars. Then we can call the Red Sox and tell them to take Kei Igawa for a billion dollars, and then the Red Sox will be stuck with him. There's no down side to this plan. The possibilities are endless.
Lastly, tonight is game 7 ace Matt Garza vs. the ever aging Jamie Moyer. No one in their right mind would pick Moyer to win this game, but this is baseball after all, and this is the world series. No one would have guessed Larson would pitch a perfect game after getting crushed in his previous start. Either way, my money's on Garza. Should be a good game one way or another. Enjoy!