Steinbrenners Face 'Tough Decision'

Owners won't demand immediate success from new Yankees manager
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 6:48 AM CDT
New York Yankees bench coach Don Mattingly signs autographs for fans while leaving Yankee Stadium Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 in New York. Mattingly is one of three candidates for Joe Torre's old job. (AP Photo/Julie...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Yankee officials have now interviewed all three of Joe Torre's potential successors, and so far team owner George Steinbrenner and sons Hank and Hal are "impressed" with all of them—and concede they've got a "tough decision" to make. Whoever the "slight favorite" is, he'll take the helm of a team "in transition" that won't be expected to dominate right off the bat, according to the bosses.

Hank Steinbrenner, sounding utterly unlike his impatient father, stressed that management does want the Yankees to win, but isn't "stupid enough to think we can do it every year." Whoever steps into Torre's shoes—Joe Girardi, Don Mattingly and Tony Pena each sat through a day of interviews this week—will enjoy some time to build his team.