End of a Major League Baseball era

As Joe Torre, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox near the end of the line, the game adjusts

Originally Published: July 30, 2010
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

When George Steinbrenner died earlier this month, the eulogies were careful in noting his public evolution, curiously spending little time on the surrounding forces that as much as any individual epiphany were responsible for his transformation.

He was ferocious, firing managers at an average of one per season over his first 18 years as owner of the New York Yankees. He was the furious Boss, tyrannical and driven, unpredictable and impossible to control.

Then, ...

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