Tag:Joe Torre
Posted on: June 28, 2010 12:28 pm

Torre to decide future before season's end

Joe Torre Dodgers manager Joe Torre will let the team know if he wants to manage next year before the end of this season, the Los Angeles Times ' Steve Dilbeck reports .

Torre said he'll make a decision sometime in September.

"I have to, it's not fair to them if I don't do that," Torre said.

The Dodgers approached Torre about an extension during spring training, but Torre declined.

"I don't want them to think that I'm coming back and I decide not to, then they're sort of caught without a plan," Torre told Dilbeck.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 28, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: June 28, 2010 12:35 pm

Dodgers bullpen struggling

Jonathan Broxton The Dodgers will win or lose the National League West on the strength of its bullpen, the Los Angeles Times ' Bill Shaikin writes .

During the Dodgers' series with the Yankees, manager Joe Torre seemed only to trust closer Jonathan Broxton out of the bullpen. It led to victory on Saturday, but defeat and the loss of a four-run lead on Sunday.

Writes Shaikin, the Dodgers have two reliable starters and three reliable relievers: Broxton, Ronald Belisario and Hong-Chih Kuo.

Broxton leads the Dodgers' bullpen in innings, one of just three closers in the big leagues to do so. Broxton has allowed seven earned runs in 33 2/3 innings -- four of those on Sunday -- and has 16 saves, as well as a 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Shaikin says it's uncertain whether the uncertain Dodgers ownership will open its pocketbooks (or prospect cache) for middle relief help. The problem is middle relief is one of the toughest commodities to evaluate and acquire. Add to the inherent difficulties with a weak available class makes it a tough fix, even for a team with deep pockets and prospect coffers.

"Pitching is the only way we're going to do something special," Torre told the Times . However, the Dodgers hardly have a special staff and odds are against them striking gold in the trade market.

UPDATE: Recently designated Pirates left-hander Jack Taschner has been signed by the team to a minor-league contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 9:49 pm

Billingsley to be activated for Monday start

Chad Billingsley will be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's start against the Giants, MLB.com's Evan Drelich reports .

Billingsley went on the disabled list June 11 with a strained right groin. He is 6-4 with a  4.34 ERA, 69 strikeouts and 27 walks in 13 starts.

To make room for Billingsley, the Dodgers will likely option Jon Link to Triple-A Albuquerque. Link was called up for the third time this season on Friday when Charlie Haeger was designated for assignment. Link has made four appearances for the Dodgers this season, none since June 4.

"If it is Link, the fact that this experience [he's] having here, you take what you can get early in your career," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "Hopefully it gives you a chance to get comfortable when you come back for a more extensive stay."

At the very least, he's learned how to pack in a  hurry.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 26, 2010 12:51 pm

Dodgers confused by ump's odd actions

Phil Cuzzi After their 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Friday night, the Dodgers were left talking not about CC Sabathia or Alex Rodriguez, but about the bizarre actions of home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi at the end of the game.

As recounted by the Los Angeles Times' Dodgers blog, James Loney's game-ending strikeout included two apparently bad calls -- the first strike was chest-high, well above the strike zone normally called these days, and the second was below the knees. Loney then was called out on a third strike, ending the game.

Instead of simply walking off the field, Cuzzi walked toward the Dodgers dugout beside Loney, and ejected Loney -- from a game that was already over -- when Loney said something he didn't like. Cuzzi then stopped near the Dodgers dugout, where several people were at this point yelling at him, and began pointing at several Dodgers.

"He had to throw a few other people out," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "The startled look that he gave us was surprising, 'How dare you question those calls.'

"I don’t complain to umpires, but I thought that was close to embarrassing making those types of calls."

It's unclear who was "ejected" from the (post)game, or what discipline or fines they might face for either the ejections or being openly critical of Cuzzi after the game.

"I don’t know what his deal is," Loney said of Cuzzi. "It looked like he was ready to leave or something.

"Why would you even eject somebody when the game is over? It pretty much makes no sense."

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:03 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 4:14 pm

A-Rod has grudge against Torre

Joe Torre The Yankees visit Dodger Stadium and former manager Joe Torre this weekend, but it doesn't look like it's going to be a warm and fuzzy reunion for Torre and Alex Rodriguez.

"Business as usual," Rodriguez told the New York Post. "I am not going to get into that."

That's in strong contrast to Rodriguez's Yankees teammates, who have spoken glowingly this week of their former manager, who brought four titles to the Bronx and now manages the Dodgers.

Of course, his teammates didn't take the beating Rodriguez did in Torre's candid book "The Yankee Years," in which Torre revealed that teammates called Rodriguez "A-Fraud" and discussed Rodriguez's seemingly obsessive interest in Derek Jeter.

"I am sorry to hear that because I didn't think I had a bad relationship with Alex at all," Torre said when told of Rodriguez's apparent grudge. 

"I don’t think I violated anything with Alex [in the book]. I am sorry if he feels that way."

Rodriguez isn't the only one at odds with Torre over the book. Yankees GM Brian Cashman, for one, hasn't spoken to Torre since the book came out.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 11:34 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2010 12:23 pm

Torre: L.A. or bust

Joe Torre Dodgers manager Joe Torre told reporters Wednesday that if he's not managing the Dodgers next year, it's unlikely he'll be managing anywhere.

"If I go someplace else, I have to start from scratch again and I don't think I'm likely to do that," Torre told reporters, including the Los Angeles Times ' Steve Dilbeck .

Torre said the ownership situation will not play a part in any decision he makes about returning.

"I don't feel I have anything coming to me because somebody has a higher payroll than we do," Torre said. "If I want to manage, I'm going to continue to manage. If I decide I don't want to do it anymore, I can't see the fact that the ownership situation is going to change my mind. If they're willing to have me back and I still like what I'm doing, I'm going to continue to do it."

Torre has been mentioned with about every club that doesn't have a manager under contract for next season, including the Cubs, Mets, Braves and Reds.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 17, 2010 11:13 pm

Umpires correct a bad call in Kansas City

The umpiring crew in Kansas City on Thursday night made an odd ruling in the fifth inning of the Royals-Astros game.

Under Rule 9.01 (c), umpires can pretty much do what they think is right in reversing a call. That rule was invoked when second-base umpire Mike Everitt admitted he missed a call and tried to right the wrong.

With one out and Mike Aviles on second, Yuniesky Betancourt hit a liner to shortstop Geoff Blum. Everitt signaled an out and Blum stepped on second to double up Aviles, who had advanced to third, ending the inning.

Royals manager Ned Yost went out to argue the call. After the umpires conferred, crew chief Tim McClelland ruled the ball wasn't caught, but Betancourt would likely have been thrown out at first. MLB.com's Dick Kaegel wrote Royals vice president Mike Swanson consulted with McClelland who said "to correct the missed call at second base" it was assumed Blum would have gotten Betancourt at first.

Aviles was awarded third and play was resumed with two outs. Scott Podsednik then did line out to Blum to end the inning.

Rule 9.01 (c) states: "Each umpire has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules.Each umpire has authority to rule on any point not specifically covered in these rules."

That rule was invoked earlier this season in a Reds-Dodgers game when a ball hit by pitcher Aaron Harang with bases loaded was ruled a catch, but umpires conferred, reversed the call and gave him a hit and an RBI. McClelland, coincidentally, was the crew chief in that game as well. After that game, both Reds manager Dusty Baker and Dodgers manager Joe Torre said they'd never seen a call like that made.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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