TC Saying he's the ideal man for the difficult job, New York Yankees players and coaches were elated -- even euphoric -- about reports that Buck Showalter soon would be named manager. They say Showalter is a bright man, an outstanding strategist with total recall, a fair but tough disciplinarian, and an excellent communicator.
"That's beautiful," said Steve Sax. "They couldn't have made a better choice. Buck's an outstanding baseball man, a very hard worker and he knows the game. I think he'll be a tremendous manager for the Yankees organization."
There was no official announcement yesterday and there isn't expected to be one until after the World Series.
High-level Yankees front-office sources, however, confirmed Showalter has the job. One Newsday source said of reports in yesterday's New York newspapers saying the job was Showalter's: "Your stories were right on the mark."
Showalter, a coach for the Yankees before being released earlier this month along with four other coaches and manager Stump Merrill, originally was not being considered for the job.
General manager Gene Michael said Tuesday that Showalter was recommended as a candidate last week by managing general partner Robert Nederlander.
* ANGELS: Outfielder Dave Winfield and pitcher Bert Blyleven, longtime major-league stars who have passed 40, are being let go.
The Angels said in a statement yesterday that they will not pick up the 1992 options on the contracts of the pair, clearing the way for them to become free agents.
Winfield hit 28 homers and drove in 86 runs this season.
His contract reportedly would have cost the Angels $3 million in 1992 and $2.8 million the next year. His buyout cost them $450,000.
Blyleven said that he's been invited to spring training by the Angels if he doesn't sign with another club.
A right-hander who is 21 wins shy of 300 victories, he spent the 1991 season on the disabled list after having shoulder surgery on April 16.
* DODGERS: Vice president Fred Claire said the club will not make an effort to re-sign second baseman Juan Samuel, shortstop Alfredo Griffin or catcher Gary Carter -- all potential free agents.