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10/27/2001 06:30 PM ET
World Series preview: The management

Steinbrenner just wants to win
There's no denying George Steinbrenner is a big part of the reason the Yankees are once again in the World Series, this time facing the Diamondbacks, and looking to win their fifth championship in the last six years, fourth in a row and seventh overall during his rein. Steinbrenner, plain and simple, has spent the money to sign free agents, has never shied from major dealmaking and has done what it takes to keep home-grown players. All of this just to be No. 1.
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Jerry Colangelo
Colangelo says Suns helped pave D-Backs' way
Let's establish what is true up front: Jerry Colangelo is Phoenix pro sports. Yet it was never his intention to get involved with baseball. But the former college pitcher says the success of his basketball team played a part in Arizona landing a big-league baseball franchise. sat down for an exclusive Q&A with the Diamondbacks' managing general partner.
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Brian Cashman
Q&A with Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman
Four years into his job as general manager of the Yankees, Brian Cashman is making his fourth trip to the World Series -- and he is looking for his fourth championship ring. As his team worked out at Bank One Ballpark on Friday, Cashman spoke with site reporter Mark Feinsand about the current edition of the Bronx Bombers.
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Joe Garagiola Jr.
How the D-Backs were built
While the Diamondbacks waited on its first few crops of prospects to develop, Owner Jerry Colangelo and General Manager Joe Garagiola Jr. brought in some veterans in an effort to compete now. Meanwhile, they would continue to focus on player development and have players set to replace the veterans when they moved on. Three seasons later, the Diamondbacks are in the World Series. Arizona is the fastest club to reach the World Series, eclipsing the Florida Marlins' previous record by one season.
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Buck Showalter
Showalter missed out on guiding Yanks, D-Backs into Series
Buck Showalter managed to gain a reputation -- deserved or not -- of being a control freak. It's just that the only two Major League teams he managed -- the Yankees and Diamondbacks -- are getting ready to play against each other in the World Series. And Showalter's emotions are mixed. All of the pertinent decisions will be made by Joe Torre and Bob Brenly.
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Joe Torre
Respect is at the heart of Torre's success
After Showalter left the Yankees in 1995, the team hired Joe Torre. The New York Post found fault with the decision to hire Torre, shouting "CLUELESS JOE" across the back page in big, block letters. Turned out the Post was right. Torre was clueless -- he had no idea about the kind of success he would have, winning four world championships in five seasons.
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Bob Brenly
Brenly's transition has been seamless
No one ever doubted Bob Brenly's knowledge of the game. A 10-year Major League catcher, he also served as a big league coach before moving into the broadcast booth, where he was widely regarded as one of the best analysts in the game, earning him a spot with FOX Sports doing a game each week and working the postseason. The first-year manager has taken the team that Showalter assembled and turned it into the National League champions.
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Tino Martinez
The Yanks keep winning without any MVPs
The Yankees are making their fifth appearance in the Fall Classic in six years, yet in not one of those seasons have they had a player that has been considered to be a legitimate MVP candidate. How has this franchise been so successful without a big-bopping, home run-hitting slugger? Very easily. They have had the best team. In fact, the only time in the last six years that anyone on the Yankees had what could have been considered an "MVP-type" season was in 1997, when Tino Martinez hit 44 home runs and drove in 141 RBIs.
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