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NEW YORK (WFAN) — Led by “Clueless Joe,” the Yankees ended up being so much smarter than everybody else in 1996.
Following his group’s elimination within the first spherical of the playoffs the season earlier than, proprietor George Steinbrenner pushed Buck Showalter right into a nook. The Boss provided the reigning AL Supervisor of the Yr a brand new two-yr contract, however demanded he hearth his hitting coach, Rick Down. Showalter refused and resigned.
Enter Joe Torre, the baseball lifer who’d by no means been to a World Collection as a participant and had simply three video games of postseason expertise as a supervisor, regardless of guiding three totally different groups over 15 seasons.
The New York media had a subject day.
However Torre didn’t pay that any thoughts. Because of the astute work through the years by a number of individuals inside the group, the Bombers had a wonderful mixture of veterans and youthful gamers to start out the 1996 season.
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The Yankees went on to complete ninety two-70, profitable the AL East by 4 video games, their first division title since 1981. They then knocked off the Texas Rangers in 4 video games within the Division Collection earlier than taking out the Baltimore Orioles in 5 video games within the ALCS.
New York went on to seize its first World Collection crown since 1978 with a six-recreation win over the defending champion Atlanta Braves. The Yankees dropped video games 1 and a couple of within the Bronx in convincing style, however rebounded to win the subsequent three in Atlanta.
World Collection MVP John Wetteland closed Recreation 6 at Yankees Stadium, and never lengthy after, veteran third baseman Wade Boggs jumped on an NYPD horse. The remaining, as they are saying, is historical past.