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Old 03-24-2009, 12:57 PM
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Default Re: Wall Street's House of Cards

Originally Posted by scted View Post
Completely off topic, I take exception to the common mis-characterization of Joe Torre's Yankees. There are only two Hall of Famers on the Yankee teams that actually won anything (Jeter and Riviera) ... it was not a collection of superstars that Torre threw on the field ... it was an actual "team." Scott Brosius, Tino Martinez, Paul O'Neill, Chuck Knoblach, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada ... all nice players but none approaching superstars. It was only after that success that Steinbrenner returned to his failed approach of populating the roster with superstars.
Hall of Famer is too high a criteria - the characterization in the diavlog was "team of superstars" that were allowed to do their own thing on the field. These players may have been past their talent peaks, but, the Torre Yankees' first championship team included:

-Tino Martinez, an All-Star w Seattle
-Wade Boggs, an All-Star w Boston
-Kenny Rogers, an All-Star w Texas
-Jimmy Key, an All-Star w Toronto
-John Wetteland, from Montreal, nearly-All-Star level player
-David Cone, a 3-time all-Star from 3 other teams prior to NYY
-Steve Howe, all star w LA
-Paul O'Neill, all-Star w Cincy
-Ruben Sierra, a 4-time all star w/ Texas and Oakland.

And that's even before going later in the Torre era, with more acquisitions, such as adding Chuck Knoblauch's multiple All Stars, World Series experience, Gold Glove, Rookie of the Year.

Torre got them to play well together. But sure looks like a team of superstars to me.
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