The most interesting, though rarely discussed, aspect of Buck Showalter’s departure from the Yankees after the 1995 season was that owner George Steinbrenner immediately wanted the manager to return.

``I remember him coming back to my house after the whole thing, trying to get me to come back,’’ Showalter told the Sporting News in July. Showalter resigned—he was not fired-- because Steinbrenner wanted him to get rid of his coaches after the Yankees lost to Seattle in the Division Series.  

Showalter has turned aside most questions about that final encounter with Steinbrenner,  but it became a significant part of Yankees history. If Showalter had accepted Steinbrenner’s request, there would have been no Joe Torre era.  


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