TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is disappointed with Joe Torre's departure and ready to get to know new manager Joe Girardi.
Wang praised Torre as an outstanding leader during a press conference in his native Taiwan on Tuesday. Torre rejected a one-year offer to stay with New York last month and was hired to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers.
``I am disappointed by Torre's departure because he has led us very well,'' Wang said. ``I am grateful that he has trusted in me over the past three years and allowed me to play continuously.''
Wang went 19-7 with a 3.70 ERA this season, and is expected to help anchor the Yankees staff next year.
He arrived back in his homeland after struggling in the playoffs, going 0-2 with a 19.06 ERA in two starts in the division series against the Cleveland Indians.
But he remained upbeat about his future with the club.
``The Yankees are one of the best teams,'' he said. ``I want to stay with them forever.''
Wang said getting used to Girardi would take some time.
``There will always be a period of adjustment after a new manager arrives,'' he said. ``I will get to talk to Girardi and we will get to know each other during spring training.''
On Monday, Torre told Taiwan's TVBS news station that he recently received a note from Wang, saying how much the Taiwanese hurler appreciated their relationship.
``He's a fine young man,'' Torre said. ``I am proud to have been his manager for a few years because ... he's very special.''
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