Tag:Joe Torre
Posted on: August 20, 2010 2:36 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 3:45 pm

Wallach emerging as favorite to take over Dodgers

Tim Wallach The long-standing assumption in Los Angeles has been that Joe Torre's successor as skipper would be Don Mattingly.

Not so fast.

USA Today 's Bob Nightengale says that Tim Wallach "is looming as favorite."

Wallach is currently the Triple-A manager for the Albuquerque Isotopes, his second season at the helm. He was named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year last season, when the Isotopes went 80-64, finishing in first place 11 games up.

It's unclear why Wallach is considered the favorite, although the knock against Mattingly is he has yet to manage a minor- or major-league team. The former Yankee great will skipper an Arizona Fall League team in the fall, but that's only a brief assignment. In Mattingly's favor is the fact the Dodgers requested he accept the assignment, presumably to get a look at his managerial skills. Not in his favor is the fact he made a crucial error as acting manager in July, causing the Dodgers to drop a game to the Giants.

Wallach, meanwhile, has plenty of managerial experience. The 52-year-old also served as the team's hitting coach from 2004-05 under Jim Tracy, and has additional managerial experience at the lower rungs of the minors with the Dodgers, Angels and also served as manager at alma mater Cal State Fullerton.

Wallach was one of the more well-known players during the 1980s, grabbing five All-Star honors in a 17-year career ending in 1996. He spent 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos, but was a Dodger by the time the Expos had a dominant season in the strike-shortened 1994 season. He accumulated 2,085 total hits and 260 home runs.

Torre may return to the Dodgers, but many expect him to leave. He is a free agent and may be out of the Dodgers' price range, and may not want to return even if the price is right. The team has cut spending drastically as the team is a hot commodity in the divorce proceedings of Frank McCourt and wife Jamie.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 5, 2010 8:24 pm

Dodgers' Martin likely out for the season

Russell Martin Add Russell Martin to the list of players we won't see the rest of this season.

"It looks like it's going to be the rest of the year," the Los Angeles Times ' Dylan Hernandez tweets .

Martin is not only done for the Dodgers' season, but also could be done with the Dodgers. Martin was scheduled to undergo an MRI a torn labrum in his right hip.

The Dodgers will use Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis -- a 41-year old and a 29-year old rookie -- to fill Martin's catchers pads.

Neither is the long-term solution for the Dodgers, especially since Ausmus has announced he'd retire after the season.

The Dodgers have to make a choice on whether to tender Martin a contract. He's eligible for arbitration, but could be more expensive than he's worth, especially considering his recent decline.

Here's a look at his last four seasons:
2010: .248/.347/.332 5 home runs, 26 RBI
2009: .250/.352/.329 7 home runs, 53 RBI
2008: .280/.385/.396 13 home runs, 69 RBI
2007: .293/.374/.469 19 home runs, 87 RBI
Martin had been approached earlier in his career about an extension, but chose year-to-year deals. That seems to have backfired on him, not only did he not strike when his performance made him the most valuable, his future is also uncertain. Because he's not under contract for next season, he won't have access to the Dodgers' trainers or facilities as he rehabs from his injury. A team could sign him to an incentive-laden deal and he'd find a place to rehab and work back from his injury. Catchers are still a premium, so someone should take a chance, but it's still an uncomfortable situation for Martin.

Earlier today, the Red Sox said Kevin Youkilis was done for the season and the Indians said goodbye to the rookie season of Carlos Santana.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 11:32 am

All kinds of Torre trouble

Joe Torre Dodgers manager Joe Torre is making news in a couple of situations where he wasn't even present.

He wasn't present in the late stages of the Dodgers' bizarre game Tuesday night against the Giants, getting the thumb in the seventh inning when the rivals' beanball war escalated after both benches had been warned.

Bench coach Bob Schaefer had been ejected earlier, so after Torre's departure managing duties fell to hitting coach Don Mattingly, who screwed up royally. Mattingly went out to the mound to visit struggling closer Jonathan Broxton, and after taking a few steps toward the dugout, doubled back to say something else to Broxton.

As Giants manager Bruce Bochy helpfully pointed out to umpires, that constituted two mound visits, and once you visit a pitcher twice in one inning, you have to pull him from the game. Broxton was out, George Sherrill suddenly had to enter the game, and he and Travis Schlichting blew up as the Giants took a 7-5 comeback win.

Meanwhile, announcer Tim McCarver, who you might know is prone to a tiny bit of hyperbole, was apologizing for comments about Torre that earned him a scolding from the Anti-Defamation League.

What? All McCarver did was look at the Yankees' treatment of Torre, their former longtime manager, and compare the team to Nazis.
"You remember some of those despotic leaders in World War II, primarily in Russia and Germany, where they used to take those pictures that they had ... taken of former generals who were no longer alive, they had shot 'em," McCarver said during a Saturday broadcast. "They would airbrush the pictures, and airbrushed the generals out of the pictures. In a sense, that's what the Yankees have done with Joe Torre. They have airbrushed his legacy. I mean, there's no sign of Joe Torre at the [New Yankee] Stadium. And, that's ridiculous. I don't understand it."
McCarver, never the apologizing type, sort of apologized Monday: "Although my analogy was inappropriate, in my opinion the underlying point remains true," McCarver told the New York Daily News.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:30 pm

Is Sandberg next Cubs manager?

Now that Lou Piniella has announced he will retire at season's end, who is next to manage the Cubs?

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has a quick list of candidates : Ryne Sanberg, Joe Girardi, Bob Brenly, Joe Torre and Alan Trammell.

Girardi is the longest of shots, there is little reason for the former Cubs catcher to leave the Yankees for Chicago's North Side. The Cubs can't offer him more money or a better chance to win. Girardi will likely manage the Cubs at some point down the line, but it won't be in 2011.

Torre, Sullivan writes, is a real possibility. His contract with the Dodgers runs out after the season.

Brenly is in the Cubs' broadcast booth, and that job is less stressful and has a better prognosis for long-term employment. Brenly managed the Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title and was 303-262 in parts of four seasons. He was let go after a 29-50 start in 2004.

Trammell is the current Cubs bench coach and has managed the Tigers and is liked by Jim Hendry, Sullivan reports. Trammell was 186-300 in three seasons with the Tigers from 2003-05.

Sandberg is the likely choice. He would create excitement among an aggravated fanbase, is a Cubs legend, understands what he's getting into and has also paid his dues in the minor leagues in a way many Hall of Famers would see as beneath them.

Sandberg is currently managing Triple-A Iowa and has also managed Class A Peoria and Double-A Tennessee.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 5:05 pm

Dodger duo to avoid DL

There are no plans to place Manny Ramirez on the disabled list, Dodgers manager Joe Torre told reporters, including the Los Angeles Times ' Steve Dilbeck before Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Ramirez, in fact, was eligible to pinch hit against St. Louis and should return to the field next week. Ramirez has been on the disabled list twice this season with right leg injuries. He left Friday's game in the first inning with a right calf tightness.

"I think we have to keep an eye on Manny for the rest of the year," Torre said.

The Dodgers will also be without catcher Russell Martin, who is dealing with an injured thumb. Martin was not in Saturday's lineup and won't play Sunday, either.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 7, 2010 7:23 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2010 7:23 pm

Dodgers searching for pitching

Roy Oswalt The Dodgers have spoken to the Astros, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, Indians and Mariners about solutions to the Dodgers' pitching conundrum, reports Evan Drellich of MLB.com. The Dodgers need both starters and relievers.

Manager Joe Torre said that pitching is what the Dodgers are focusing on in any particular deal and expects a deal to eventually be swung. Complicating things is that Los Angeles doesn't have much left in the budget to add, thanks to the brewing divorce between owner Frank McCourt and his wife as well as a current payroll of $102 million according to Cot's Contracts.

So which pitchers could the Dodgers get from the aforementioned teams? Let's take a look.

Astros: Houston has starting pitcher Brett Myers available who is on a one-year deal and has been the second-best starter on the team with a 3.57 ERA. Of course, there's also Roy Oswalt (pictured), who has a standing trade "request" but is due $15 million over the balance of 2010 and $16 million in 2011. And who's to say Oswalt won't demand the $16 million team option for 2012 be picked up if he's traded? With a full no-trade clause, Oswalt has that ability.

The Astros also have a number of relief arms, but none that stand out as an optimal replacement for the Dodgers' current arms -- at least, that would be available. Brandon Lyon is near untradable and it's tough to imagine Houston parting with Matt Lindstrom.

Blue Jays:
The Jays have lost 12 of the last 15 and are in fourth place in the AL (B)East, 11 1/2 games out. It's safe to say the honeymoon is over, and the Jays have plenty of pitching available. Their starting pitching are all young, cost-controllable and quality so it's hard to imagine Toronto dealing any of those. The relievers, on the other hand, should be plentiful.

Kevin Gregg has extensive experience pitching in the NL and in close games. He's posted a 3.94 ERA over 32 innings. Left-hander Scott Downs, one of the best setup men in the bigs, is having another fantastic season and Shawn Camp has emerged as another qualty bullpen arm. Casey Janssen is just 28 and is a quality middle relief arm but certainly fungible to a rebuilding squad.

Now that the GM and manager have been offered a ticket out of town, interim GM Jerry DiPoto has a lot of decisions to make. One of which is if Dan Haren should be traded, something outgoing GM Josh Byrnes also grappled with. Haren is inked through 2012, getting $8.25 million in 2010 and $12.75 million in 2011 and 2012, affordable for a perennial Cy Young contender. The question here is two-fold:

First being if the Diamondbacks would be willing to swap Haren to an intradivision rival, the second if the Dodgers have enough in the farm system to acquire Haren. The Dodgers were ranked No. 21 in minor-league talent rankings by Baseball America prior to the season and Haren figures to command more than Lee will.

The Indians have Jake Westbrook most available, who is finishing up a contract that pays him $11 million on the season. Cleveland is ready to have a fire sale (as detailed here ) but has yet to find anyone to their liking that has been dangled for Westbrook. Westbrook would cost significantly less than one of the top-tier pitchers on the market in terms of prospects due to the contract and the fact he is a mid-rotation starter.

Kerry Wood, provided the Indians chipped in a healthy sum of money to make up for about $5 million remaining on Wood's deal, could also head to the Dodgers.

The obvious one is Cliff Lee, of course. With about $4 million remaining to Lee, he would easily fit into the Dodgers' payroll. He would also allow Los Angeles a way to beef up its farm system by offering arbitration to the lefty after the season -- which Lee would certainly decline. The Dodgers' payroll collapses to a projected $61 million next year, so a Lee extension is possible as well.

Other potential names that may have been swapped could include closer David Aardsma who could fit in a pitcher's park throwing gas as a setupman. Relief pitcher Brandon League is having a solid season as well.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 1, 2010 12:30 am

People speaking out against Strasburg as All-Star

Stephen Strasburg The issue if Stephen Strasburg should be an All-Star pitcher continues to rage on, with CBS Sports' own Scott Miller contending that the young phenom needs to be sitting at home when the All-Star Game kicks off in Anaheim.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre agrees.

"Is he not a potential super pitcher? Sure," he tells MLB.com. But I don't think he's been here long enough. ... The fact he makes the team and somebody else who's been playing since April shouldn't be on it? I don't think that would be the right thing."

Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post had a few money quotes from people who don't feel Strasburg should be an All-Star.

"I don't care if two of his first four starts were no-hitters, there is no way you can put this kid on the All-Star team after five starts," Mitch Williams said on MLB Network according to Steinberg. " As much as he is impressive, polished, young and exciting, the All-Star game is based on the entire first half. It will do this kid a disservice and alienate other players against him if he makes the team. ... If Strasburg makes the team, it hurts the credibility of the league."

Cardinals closer Ryan Franklin agrees, saying there is "No chance. You can't be an all-star if you've pitched six games. It just ain't right."

Torre, Franklin and many others agree that Strasburg is a great talent and will be on All-Star teams for years to come. Just not in 2010.

"I have nothing against the kid; he's very special from what I've watched," Torre added. "I just think that's overkill if that's the process. I think for the few players that have a terrific first half, they may never do it again and they should be rewarded."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 29, 2010 11:13 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2010 11:15 pm

After three-day benching, Kemp returns to lineup

Matt Kemp After being benched Tuesday, taking Matt Kemp's benching to three consecutive days, Kemp wondered what was up, so asked to speak to manager Joe Torre.

Now, Kemp will be in the lineup Wednesday against the Giants.

While neither would talk about why the center fielder was benched, a witness told MLB.com that Kemp had blown up at a coach in the dugout during Saturday's game. The benching then began the following day.

Torre refused to speculate on whether Kemp would have been in the lineup Wednesday had the 25-year-old not requested the meeting. "I don't know that," Torre said about Wednesday's lineup. "I thought the talk went well.

"I get the chance to write the lineup every day and I put in who I put in," Torre added.

"I don't make the lineup," Kemp said about the situation. "I just come here ready to play every day. If I'm in the lineup, I'm ready to go. If not, I'm still ready to go."

Kemp has struggled in 2010 after setting high expectations the season prior. He hit .297/.352/.490 with 26 home runs, winning a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger. This year, he's at .258/.316/.455 and has plunged to a .196/.252/.326 line.

"I did everything I needed to do to have as good a season as I did last year," Kemp said about his struggles. "I've still got a whole half-season to turn this thing around and for us to do all the great things we did last year."

Torre sympathized, saying the season has clearly been frustrating for Kemp and played up the three-game benching. "Hopefully these days will give him a chance to breathe a bit," he noted. "It's a tough game to play. He's a young man and you don't get a chance to regroup. He's played so much. It just looks like he's frustrated."

-- Evan Brunell

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