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2006-10-20 09:29
by Alex Belth
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Rick Cerrone, the Yankees head of media relations (not the former Yankee catcher), will not be back next season. Jason Giambi had surgery yesterday, with Andy Phillips and Randy Johnson up next.

2006-10-20 09:52:25
1.   Sliced Bread
Any insider speculation as to why Cerrone got the axe?
Fallout from the ten page Verducci A-Rod opera?
Cerrone was a pain in the neck for the "outside" media to deal with, his answer was always "no" (which, no doubt, was appreciated by the Inner Circle), but not sure how he treated the clubhouse regulars.
Did he get the boot for stepping on a big toe?
2006-10-20 10:16:38
2.   Cliff Corcoran
I like the SI theory. It's a clever way to make some amends with the third baseman without hurting the club on the field.
2006-10-20 10:27:54
3.   Simone
But is the Cerrone at fault for that SI article? A-Rod is the one who agreed to speak on the record and must have asked others in the clubhouse to cooperate.
2006-10-20 10:44:58
4.   Sliced Bread
3 Cerrone controlled the access Verducci had to A-Rod, his manager, and teammates.

What everybody said to Verducci was not Cerrone's fault, but he's an easy fall guy, and as Cliff points out,it's a good way to let the healing begin between Joe and the third baseman.

2006-10-20 12:25:08
5.   weeping for brunnhilde
Wow, I feel deceived: I swear to God, all this time I thought this guy was indeed the Italian Stallion.

But now that I think about it, the catcher spelled himself with one 'r,' did he not?

2006-10-20 12:30:43
6.   Simone
I have heard that Cerrone is obnoxious is person. If this is a mea culpa to A-Rod, then he probably is the most appropriate person to sacrifice.
2006-10-20 12:49:18
7.   pistolpete
5 Yes indeed. One 'r' for the Yankee catcher, #10.
2006-10-20 14:42:31
8.   rbj
Anyone else remember "10" jeanes

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