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Here is some extremely rare color footage of the 1939 World Series between the Yankees and Reds.

Take a look at the fans, ushers and the old-fashioned clothes they wore. Check out the facade of the old Yankee Stadium, the New York City skyline, the bunting along the upper deck and the players warming up on the field. Fans were even able to walk on the field to exit the ballpark. It’s quite a scene.

There’s something about this video that is timeless. It makes you feel like you’re in the stands, actually watching this go on before your very eyes. It’s mesmerizing stuff.

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With Lou Piniella’s retirement from baseball this past Sunday, the Chicago Cubs have an opening at manager for the 2011 season. They’re rumored to favor hiring Joe Girardi as the new man for the north side of Chicago. While I think Girardi would be crazy to want that job over a return to the Yankees, I strongly suspect he will. After all, Joe grew up in Chicagoland, went to Northwestern and had two stints as a player with the Cubbies. He knows he’d be venerated for generations if he happened to guide them to their first World Championship in over 100 years.

So, let’s play the game and assume that Girardi is gone after this season. Who should be the next manager for the Yankees? There’s an intriguing list of possibilities. Here are five to ponder:

  1. Willie Randolph: Randolph certainly has a Yankee pedigree. The former captain also served as base coach and bench coach under Joe Torre. All told, Willie owns 6 World Series rings – more than anyone alive, except Yogi Berra. He certainly understands what it takes to win in New York and he understands the type of scrutiny a Yankees manager is under. But he did preside over one of the greatest collapses in major league history (ok, it was the Mets) and hasn’t landed a ML managing job since. Still, he is my number one choice to run the club next year.
  2. Don Mattingly: “Donnie Baseball” has much the same pedigree as Randolph, although not quite as many championship rings. Few players are more beloved in the Bronx, despite the fact that Mattingly’s teams in the 80’s never quite made it to the playoffs. But he’s never managed – at any level – and he might still be bitter after getting yanked around by the Yankee brass before they settled on Girardi.
  3. Joe Torre: I think I just heard a collective gasp go up in the crowd. If George were still running the show, this might be more of a possibility. (Heck, we might be talking about Joe III or Joe IV by this point). There can’t be much doubt that Torre knows how to do the job and I doubt the payday he’ll command this off-season would deter the Yanks. At the same time, bringing him back would be tantamount to the front office admitting they made a mistake in letting him go 3 years ago. And Torre still harbors A LOT of dislike for Brian Cashman.
  4. Dave Miley: Miley is the manager at AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre (I know you were wondering). Although he seems like a long shot – Buck Showalter was the last MiLB manager the Yankees hired, 20 years ago – with the impending youth movement in the Bronx, he might be a good fit. Next year’s roster is likely to have a slew of “Baby Bombers”, perhaps as many as 7 or 8 players with less than 3 years of major league experience. And he has demonstrated the ability to win in the minors, despite constant roster uncertainty, with a career 1991 – 1092 record at AAA. Miley also has three seasons of ML experience, with a really atrocious Reds team in the early 2000’s.
  5. Bobby Valentine: Valentine brings two things the Yankees traditionally crave in a manager – name recognition and a proven ability to win. You also have to think Valentine’s ego would love a shot at managing the Yankees. The biggest obstacle I see to making this work is that ego: Valentine is a control freak. I don’t see Cashman or anyone else in the front office ceding any control over player decisions to him.

Well, there are five names to mull over. There are no shortage of managerial candidates this offseason and I’m sure we’ll hear plenty more before next April. Who do you think should be at the helm next season – Girardi, one of the 5 mentioned here, or someone else?

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Lou Piniella spent 18 years in the major leagues as a player (NYY, KCR, CLE, BAL), 23 years as a manager (Yankees, Reds, Mariners, Rays, Cubs), won three World Series rings and ranks 14th on the all-time managerial wins list (1,835 Wins).

From ESPN.com:

CHICAGO — Lou Piniella’s long and colorful career has spanned 48 years, from an aggressive outfielder with a sharp batting eye to a successful manager whose highlight-reel base-throwing tantrums sometimes overshadowed his baseball acumen.His family, from his relatives to his teammates and players, always has come first. And that’s why the leader of the Chicago Cubs decided to step down after Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves — he wants to spend more time with his ailing mother.

“My mom needs me home and that’s where I’m going,” Piniella said before one last game in the dugout.Chicago quickly named third base coach Mike Quade manager for the remaining 38 games of the season, starting Monday at Washington.

I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of “Sweet Lou.”

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Unlike Rose, we can bet on baseball

 We’ve reached the All-Star break, giving some a chance to take a deep breath from the long season and others to experience withdrawal pangs without “real” baseball for the next 3 days. I could write glowingly about the Yankees starting rotation or rip Joba and the rest of his bullpen mates sans Mariano, but I’ll have plenty of time to do that throughout the 2nd half of the season. Today, I want to discuss something a little different…examining the World Series odds. I’ll probe where the Yankees and the rest of the teams are projected to finish and provide some dark horse candidates to win the championship. Below, all teams currently in the playoffs and/or in contention are listed in groups with their odds to win the World Series in parentheses. (Odds taken from BETUS

The Favorite: Yankees (3:1)
With the best record in baseball and the ability to add pieces to improve the bullpen and bench, the Yankees are clear-cut favorites to repeat. However, because they are such prohibitive favorites, while we all hope they win number 28, the return on the investment won’t reap a big windfall. So put $60 on the Yankees to hedge your bet and place a couple additional wagers on the longer shots below. 

A Cut Below: Rays (6:1), Rangers/Braves (7:1), Red Sox/Cardinals (10:1)
The best bet among these teams is the Rangers. They’ve got the easiest path to the playoffs and they just acquired a dominant #1 starter. The Rays/Red Sox are at least equal and probably better than Texas, but their path to the postseason is much more difficult, so avoid them as well as the Cards, you can find better long shots in the NL. 

The Darkhorses: Phillies (12:1), Mets (14:1), Reds (18:1), White Sox/Twins (20:1)
Two teams stand out from this group…the Phillies and Reds. Phi at 12:1 is a good price if you think they’ll get healthy enough to make the playoffs and be close to full strength (if they were healthy I’d guess they’d be ~6:1). But at 18:1, I “love” the Reds. They have a well-balanced pitching staff as well as an excellent lineup (of course they also have Dusty at the controls to potentially botch things up). But at these odds, they’re a sneaky/solid play. So pluck down $60 on Cincinnati and if they win you’ll be collecting $1,080 in October. 

The Longshots: Tigers/Rockies/Dodgers/Padres (25:1), Giants (30:1), Angels (40:1)
Forget the Tigers, Dodgers and Angels. Padres are dangerous, but their bullpen is already showing signs of regression and the underrated ace of the staff, Mat Latos, has innings limit concerns (Yes, Yankees fans we aren’t the only team that caps innings for starters). The Rockies have withstood several injuries and find themselves just 2 games back of the front running Padres and the Giants find themselves only 4 GB. The Giants lineup at one point this season was putrid, but with the surprising production of Torres and the explosive bat of Buster Posey this team may finally have the hitting to support an excellent pitching staff. So put $60 on either the Rockies or Giants and if you’re feeling frisky bet both. Without a clear favorite in the NL these teams can make it to the World Series and anything can happen once they get there…and in this case that “anything” can yield $1500-$1800. 

So who do you think will win the World Series? Who is your sleeper/long shot pick to win it all? 

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     Who would have thought that a major topic of this off-season would be about Nick Swisher & Xavier Nady? Cashman isn’t against trading either one, but the offer has to be good. The Braves, Nationals, & Reds are the three teams that are currently interested. I like Nady a lot, and I rather keep him over Swisher. That’s just my opinion though.

from MLB Trade Rumors:

According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, Brian Cashman’s spending lots of time talking with other clubs about Nick Swisher and Xavier Nady. Cashman’s open to moving either player, but he says he won’t make a deal for the sake of making one: “we’re not going to do anything unless there’s a reason to do it.”

Cashman also said most reports about trade discussions have been accurate. The Braves, Nationals and Reds are among the teams who have reportedly had interest in Swisher and Nady.

The Yankees like Johnny Damon’s production and they’re not shopping him or Hideki Matsui.

Kepner suggests the Yankees should “hold on to Swisher and dangle Nady” for a number of reasons. Swisher’s two years younger and he’s under contract for $21MM over the next three years. Nady, a Scott Boras client, will be a free agent after the 2009 season.

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