I've taken a few days to ponder Sheff's comments about Torre. The first thing that came to mind was "Black guys play for the Yankees?" Now assuming he's not lumping dark-skinned Latinos into his analysis (since apparently they are naturally submissive anyways), I went through the rosters from Sheff's time with the Yanks (2004-2006) and pulled out all of the eligible candidates (regular season numbers):
Tony Clark (106 games in 2004, .221)
Kenny Lofton (83 games in 2004, .275)
Homer Bush (9 games in 2004, no hits)
Tony Womack (108 games in 2005, .249)
Matt Lawton (21 games in 2005, .125)
Terence Long (12 games in 2006, .167)
Tom Gordon (2.21 ERA in 2004, 2.57 ERA in 2005)
Shawn Chacon (2.85 ERA in 12 starts in 2005, 7.00 ERA in 11 starts in 2006)
Couple things came to mind:
- Who exactly was disrespected from this list, besides probably Sheffield himself? Most of this list performed so poorly that any slight from Torre was probably deserved.
- Interesting that only Sheff, Chacon and Gordon lasted more than 1 season (no black players were holdovers from 2003). Who knows, he might have been offended that the team wasn't keeping black players around. I guess C.C. isn't going to the Yanks.