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Boss to Joe -- Win or Yer Out!

NEW YORK -- The Hackensack (N.J.) Record scored a coup today, getting George Steinbrenner on the phone late Saturday night. And The Boss confirmed to the paper what everyone here surmises as the hours dwindle before Game Three of the division series -- Joe Torre's job rests on the Yankees somehow overcoming the 2-0 deficit they face in this series against the Indians.

"His job is on the line," Steinbrenner said of Torre, who is an incredible 3-12 in his last 15 postseason games starting with the '04 collapse against Boston. "I think we're paying him a lot of money. He's the highest-paid manager in baseball [$7 million per season] so I don't think we'd take him back if we don't win this series."

Should be interesting to hear Torre's reaction during his pregame interview session, which begins at 4:30. You can read the entire interview with Steinbrenner here.

---Mike Harrington


AL Division Series | Major leagues | Yankees
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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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