McCarver rips Yanks' Torre treatment

Updated: July 19, 2010, 11:55 AM ET
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Tim McCarver didn't see any recognition of Joe Torre's contributions to Yankees history at the team's 2-year-old stadium.

The Fox analyst was unimpressed -- and he went all the way back to World War II for an analogy to express his outrage.

"The one they have bungled, in my opinion, is the handling of Joe Torre," McCarver said during the fourth inning of Saturday's Yankees-Rays game. "Twelve years in a row in postseason, four of those as world champions, and to me it's a case of corporate childishness on a part of the Yankees the way they've treated Torre since he has left.

"You remember some of those despotic leaders in World War II, primarily in Russia and Germany, where they used to take those pictures that they had ... taken of former generals who were no longer alive, they had shot 'em," McCarver said. "They would airbrush the pictures, and airbrushed the generals out of the pictures. In a sense, that's what the Yankees have done with Joe Torre. They have airbrushed his legacy. I mean, there's no sign of Joe Torre at the stadium. And, that's ridiculous. I don't understand it."

Torre, currently manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, guided the Yankees to four World Series championships from 1996-2000. He managed the team through 2007; after that season, he turned down a one-year offer to return. He took the Dodgers' job two weeks later.

On Feb. 3, 2009, Torre released a tell-all book called "The Yankee Years" about his tenure with the team. Some members of the organization were upset over the contents of the book.

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