October 30, 2007


Girardi’s in, Mattingly goes


Associated Press/Chris Gardener
New York Yankees former manager Joe Torre, left, and former bench coach and newly-hired manager Joe Girardi, center, watch an infield fly ball during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles, Sept. 28, 2005 in Baltimore. The Yankees picked experience over popularity, Monday, offering the manager’s job, left vacant by Torre, to Girardi at the risk of watching Don Mattingly walk away from the franchise.

AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK — Joe Girardi has yet to manage a game for the New York Yankees and already he has one loss.
Skipped over for the job, Don Mattingly told the Yankees on Monday he had no interest in returning next year as bench coach or in any other coaching position.
Beloved as team captain, Donnie Baseball was the early favorite to replace Joe Torre and openly coveted the spot. Instead, the Yankees picked experience over popularity, choosing Girardi even at the risk Mattingly would walk away from the franchise.
“Don was extremely disappointed to learn today that he wasn’t the organization’s choice to fill the managerial vacancy,” Mattingly’s agent, Ray Schulte, said in an e-mail. “Instead, he was informed the organization offered the position to Joe Girardi.”
Girardi was the 2006 NL Manager of the Year with Florida, plus he has a pinstriped pedigree. The hard-nosed catcher played on three Yankees teams that won the World Series, served as their bench coach and was a TV announcer this year.
“Joe Girardi is a good man,” Torre said Monday on “Late Show with David Letterman.” “He’s got a feel for this organization.”
Still, spurning Mattingly — who always receives one of the loudest ovations on Old-Timers’ Day — was sure to be compared to another famous Yankee snub: Babe Ruth was never offered the manager’s job he so desperately wanted.
Mattingly was the Yankees hitting coach for three years before moving next to Torre this season. Schulte said Mattingly congratulated Girardi and wished him well.
A baseball official confirmed the Yankees are negotiating with Girardi’s agent, Steve Mandell.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a deal hasn’t been formalized, said general manager Brian Cashman made the recommendation and it was accepted by the Yankees.
Messages left for Cashman were not immediately returned.
“The Yankees contacted us,” Mandell said. “They have an interest in Joe becoming their manager. We’ve had some discussions. It’s a process and we’ll go through the process.”
He declined to say when there might be an announcement.
Girardi also beat out Yankees first-base coach Tony Pena, who had the most managerial experience of the candidates.
Girardi caught for the Yankees from 1996-99, served as a bench coach in 2005, then managed the Marlins the following year. He kept a young team in contention until September and then was fired, apparently for clashing with owner Jeffrey Loria and others above him.
The 43-year-old Girardi often told many in the Marlins about how the Yankees did things, reinforcing the winning ways he learned in New York. Now, he’ll get a chance to try them out himself.
Girardi was the first person to interview to replace Torre, who managed the team to the playoffs in each of his 12 seasons. He spent about five hours with the Yankees’ baseball operations staff last week, and an hour with George Steinbrenner, sons Hank and Hal, son-in-law Felix Lopez and team president Randy Levine.
Girardi turned down the Baltimore Orioles’ managing job last summer, choosing to spend time with his ailing father.
Mattingly also interviewed for the Yankees spot last week, telling team management how much he wanted it. Earlier this month, he said replacing Torre would be quite a challenge.
“It’s like following John Wooden or something,” Mattingly said then. “This guy wins championship after championship and we’re in the playoffs in every year.
“It’s pretty much a no-win situation for someone coming in here to be able to live up to the expectations or live up to what he did. It’s not going to happen. So as far as someone coming in and taking over this job, it’s not necessarily a great situation.”




Marathon moves on defeating SC in OT

MARATHON — The drive to three-peat is still alive for the Marathon Central boys’ soccer team.
Eric Gofgosky rocketed a shot home 8:33 into sudden-death overtime Monday as the Olympians, seeded fourth in this year’s Section 4 Class C tournament, outlasted fifth seeded visitor Southern Cayuga 3-2 in the quarterfinals.
Marathon is the two-time defending sectional Class C champion.
The hosts took a 2-0 lead in the first 17:30 of the contest. Vinny Powierski scored from close range 12 minutes in off an assist by Matt Doran. Doran in turn took a pass from Aubrey Brown inside the box, made a move to his left and nailed a right-footed shot with 22:30 left in the half.
The Chiefs’ Tony Brown-Rajman tied the game with two unassisted tallies, stealing the ball in each instance and going in to score. His first tally came from the top of the 18-yard box with 15 minutes left in the first half, his second from in deep after stealing the ball near the end line on the left side.
The game-winner was set up when Jason Luce received a cross and chested it to Gofgosky, who blasted a low line drive from the left side, 20 yards out, to the far side past Southern Cayuga goalie Ed Ricter, who didn’t move on the play.
“We played very well,”said Olympians coach Chip Stewart, whose team is now 14-3-2 on the season. “We dominated except for those two giveaways. Jason did a good job at center midfield. Aubrey was on Tony (Brown-Rajman) until the moved him away from him and Jason took over. He did a good job of creating opportunities for us at the end of the first half. Their goalie came up big as we applied pressure the last 10 minutes of the half.
“Matt Doran played his best game of the year at striker, creating opportunities for us,” added Stewart.
The winners had an 18-9 shot advantage, Goalkeeper Derrek Root making two saves to nine for Ricter as the Chiefs closed the season at 13-4-1.
Marathon visits top-seeded Delhi Wednesday at 3 p.m. in a semifinal contest. Delhi stayed perfect in 17 games this season on Monday with a 5-0 win over eighth-seeded Odessa-Montour.




Moose hangs tough to nip Legion squad

Seven points in the opening quarter held up as Moose nipped Legion 7-6 in a Giants Division defensive battle in the CYB Small Fry Football League on Saturday.
Anthony Riccottilli scored the opening touchdown for the Legion and threw the decisive PAT pass to Phil Speranza for those early Moose points. Legion came back with a 30-yard Casson Hathaway touchdown run in the second quarter, but PAT kick worth two points in Small Fry play missed the mark.
At Gary Wood Field on Friday, Justin Prentice and Solomon Pittman had touchdown runs as VFW blanked Elks 14-0.
IN MIDGETS DIVISION play, Brett Copes ran for three touchdowns and Bronson Gagliano ended up in the end zone twice as Elks rolled to a 38-6 win over VFW. Quentin Curtis broke off a 40-yard TD scamper for the lone VFW touchdown.
Jalil Clark scored twice, including a touchdown reception from Jake Prignon, as Legion defeated Moose 26-0. Dylan Brown and Prignon also ran for touchdowns, while Casey Rodgers kicked a two-point conversion to cap the scoring.
Banquet Nov. 8 at CHS
The CYB is sponsoring the 51st annual Small Fry Football Banquet for players, parents and coaches on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Cortland High School cafeteria.
The ceremonies kickoff at 6 p.m The program will include, dinner, awards and two guest speakers — Cortland High football coach Dave Darrow and former CHS quarterback Dan Pitcher.
Tickets must be purchased in advance from now until Friday at the CYB office located at 35 Port Watson St. Due to limited seating, players will only be able to bring one parent or guest.