Everyone's racing to take the blame for the putrid April record in the Bronx. Derek Jeter said it's the players fault; Joe Torre and Brian Cashman each believe that the 9-14 month is their responsibility. The one guy who hasn't shared his opinion about who is accountable is the only guy in a position to do much of anything about it.
George Steinbrenner's withdrawal from the front lines was much commented on over the offseason. The bluster and the vitriol associated with Big Stein have dissapated in the face of age and ill health but it's still quite odd that nothing but silence has been heard from his office. Both the Times and the Post reported that Torre would be on the chopping block if the Red Sox swept this weekend but each paper reports this morning that no move is imminent after the Bombers dropped two of three.
And there shouldn't be a move. If there's culpability above and beyond the injuries over the first month Torre certainly shares in it. He's the same boneheaded bullpen manager he's been for years, if that was such a problem the team should have gone in a different direction in the offseason, but his starters do him no favors by continually falling short of quality starts. Cashman, too, shoulders some blame. Putting so much faith for the rotation in Kei Igawa and Carl Pavano was risky at best and, more likely, foolish when established major leaguers were available in free agency. Neither man can be blamed for injuries, of course, nor can they be held responsible for the poor performance of the pitchers, Bobby Abreu or Johnny Damon. Ultimately it will be the final group, the players, that determine what happens from here on out.