Tag:Joe Torre
Posted on: September 20, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Torre not 'shutting the door' on managing again

Joe Torre won't manage the Dodgers next season, but he doesn't sound like he's retiring.

"I am curious," Torre said on WFAN in New York (via the New York Post ). "When the season is over, I hope the phone will be ringing."

Torre said he'd have interest in the Mets and will speak to the Dodgers about staying in that organization.

"I made the announcement about not coming back to the Dodgers and I left the door open," Torre said. "I don't really anticipate managing again, but I think it would be unfair not to listen just out of curiosity to see if something excites me … I am not sure if something will intrigue me, but I am not shutting the door."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 19, 2010 4:50 pm
 

Torre will let players manage 2 games

Joe Torre While the schedule says Joe Torre has 12 more games as the Dodgers manager, he will manage just 10 more.

While Torre's long had a tradition of letting a veteran manage the last game of the season, this season he'll do the duties on the final day of the season, but hand over the reigns twice in the final week to players -- once to retiring catcher Brad Ausmus and once to a younger player.

Ausmus managed the last game of the 2009 series for the Dodgers and, like most catchers, is considered a future manager. Ausmus will start the game on Oct. 3.

James Loney is a candidate to manage one of the other games, Torre said.

"I get permission from the other manager and the umpires, and if they object, I don't do it," Torre told reporters (via MLB.com ). "It's like, you think this is so easy? They seem to like hiring the pitching and hitting coaches. One time I had [Roger] Clemens take David Wells out of the game. It was fun. It's nice to give a young player a feel for the game."

Also during his pregame talk, Torre said rumors that he'd return to Mets are "irresponsible."

"I've had no conversations and nobody I know has had any conversations," Torre said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:58 pm
 

Mattingly had deal in place to take over Dodgers

Among the interesting subplots of the retirement of Joe Torre is the Dodgers' process for the hiring of Don Mattingly as his replacement.

According to Dyan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times , Mattingly had signed a deal before the season that guaranteed him the manager's job if Torre stepped down.

While teams are required to interview minority candidates. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal had two tweets that said this :
"Dodgers did not need to go thru interview process because they had been grooming Mattingly and were in constant communication w Selig's office. Mattingly was their guy. Dodgers have good track record of minority hiring. Search would have been contrived."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 17, 2010 3:08 pm
 

Torre to step down as Dodgers manager

Joe Torre Joe Torre has announced he will step down from being manager of the Dodgers, the Los Angeles Times reports .

The move will be effective at the end of the season, with Don Mattingly taking over as manager.

Torre is finishing up his third season with the Dodgers and has posted a 251-220 record. He guided the Dodgers to consecutive first-place finishes before stumbling to a current 72-75 record on the year.

Torre isn't calling it a career yet, however. Simply put, the soap opera dramatics surrounding owners Frank and Jamie McCourt in their contentious divorce have been a major distraction, and it is thought that Torre wants no part of it and of a team that has plans to reduce payroll despite somehow pledging to stay competitive.

Torre has a cumulative 2318-1990 record, skippering five teams. He oversaw the Mets from 1977-1981 with a 286-420 record. From 1982-1984, he had a 257-229 record with the Braves. After a six-year hiatus, he began 1990 as the Cardinals coach and stayed for six years, posting a 351-354 record. In 1996, he joined the Yankees, the stop he is most famous for. Torre had a 1,173-767 mark in the Big Apple, winning four World Series titles.

It is possible Torre will remain with the organization, but with a bevy of managerial jobs opening up, Torre could find himself helming another team in 2011.

Torre and Don Mattingly have been together the whole time in Los Angeles and part of Torre's New York tenure. Despite no managerial experience, Mattingly will take over the job despite reports that Triple-A manager Tim Wallach was the heavy favorite.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 1:49 am
 

Torre's made up his mind about 2011

Joe Torre Joe Torre has made a decision about managing the Dodgers in 2011 -- he's just not telling.

"I know what I'm going to do," Torre told reporters (via MLB.com ) before Thursday's game. "I still have some things I need to do first. Everybody is assuming I'm not coming back, which is the fun part. My wife knows. If my wife knows, my daughter knows. Ned [Colletti] and I have talked."

Earlier Thursday, Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer mentioned in a radio interview that he didn't think Torre would be back next season.

"He doesn't know that," Torre responded.

MLB.com's Ken Gurnick wrote he took "an informal and anonymous clubhouse poll" and the result was a split "almost down the middle."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Dodgers bench coach doesn't see Torre returning

So, apparently Dodgers bench coach Bob Schaefer felt like talking when he appeared on MLB Network Radio with Jim Bowden and Casey Stern.

Here's what he had to say, according to Bowden's Twitter account :

Bowden Tweet

Some interesting stuff -- it's not exactly Earth-shattering that he doesn't believe Joe Torre will return to the Dodgers next season.

As for his statement about Manny Ramirez, the numbers back him up -- in the first 27 games of 2009, Ramirez hit .348/.492/.641 with six homers and in the 77 after the 50-game suspension, he hit .269/.389/.492 with 13 home runs.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:19 am
 

Torre undecided on his future

Joe Torre Remember when Joe Torre said he'd announce his future by Labor Day?

You know what today is? Labor Day.

So, Joe, what's up?

He's not saying.

As the Dodgers flounder, Torre's keeping quiet, offering just a "no comment."

"Because you guys know how to ask those questions and get me to say something," Torre told reporters, including the Los Angeles Times ' Helene Elliott .

Yeah, kinda because that's part of the job?

"I know it is. That's why I say I can't fight you guys. Or try to get around you," Torre said. "The only way I can get around is this. You guys are good at what you do. In due time I'll make an announcement."

According to Elliott, the reason Torre hasn't made an announcement is that he hasn't made a decision. Don Mattingly, the team's hitting coach, tells her Torre hasn't given him any hints.

"He seems relaxed as ever," Mattingly said. "I know he gets frustrated with the way we've played. But he's no different than he has been all the years I've been with him. He's solid all the time."

Said third base coach Larry Bowa, "If he doesn't come back, he's not retiring. I'm not saying he's going to manager, but he'll do something. He's got too much energy. He likes to do things."

Torre, 70, will be a free agent after the season and the Dodgers are going through the messy McCourt divorce, which seems like it'll handcuff the team during free agency season. It's far from a dream situation, but it seems the ball is in Torre's court and he doesn't seem too interested in making a move quite yet.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 11:20 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 11:22 pm
 

Broxton won't be used in save situations

Jonathan Broxton Not that it came up in Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Giants, but Joe Torre said before the game that he would no longer use Jonathan Broxton in save situations.

"I think we have to just put him in situations not in the ninth inning, I mean a save situation in the ninth inning," Torre told MLB.com . "And just try to get some appearances under his belt. Wherever we go, whether we're going to get to the postseason or not, I think this is very important: that he finishes this season with a good taste in his mouth."

Broxton gave up a two-run homer to Juan Uribe in the ninth inning on Saturday, his sixth blown save in 28 opportunities.

Torre had replaced Broxton with Hong-Chih Kuo as his closer, although he was still using Broxton in some matchup situations and when Kuo was unavailable. That duty will now fall to rookie Kenley Jansen.

Broxton is under contract for $7 million next season. Broxton is 5-5 with a 3.70 ERA and 22 saves.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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