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Joe Torre may stay in L.A. beyond next year

Nov 8, 2009, 9:04 AM EDT

Last week rumors were circulating that Don Mattingly was negotiating with the Dodgers to become Joe Torre’s heir apparent.  I thought it was a bad move for Donnie Baseball to bypass offers and interviews from other teams because one never knows what the future might hold. For instance: the man you’re supposed to be succeeding may decide that he never wants to retire:

I hear Joe Torre is talking about extending his contract as manager with the Dodgers and remaining beyond next season.

“Where did you get that?” Torre says, the first time all weekend he seems to care where I’m getting my inside information.

But it’s true, Torre says, “we’re talking about it . . . We were talking about my coaches and I’ve been thinking about it,”
Torre says while mentioning General Manager Ned Colletti’s name and
plans to chat again once Torre returns from a charity function in New
York.  “It’s been fun. When I came here, I was curious about how it might
go. But the last two years have been invigorating. You see progress and
your ego tells you maybe you had something to do with it.”

Torre had planned on retiring after 2010. Certainly he has earned the right to change his mind.  But the longer he hangs around, the longer Don Mattingly remains in career limbo.

Memo to Donnie: go on some interviews. Put out some feelers. Don’t wait for Joe Torre to figure out where your life and career is going.

  1. pt - Nov 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    donnie has to move on and stop waiting for joe.He could do this every year and make don wait forever.

  2. old gator - Nov 8, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Of course, there’s always a chance that the judge in the McCourt’s divorce trial might freeze their holdings and Joe wouldn’t even be able to leave without being cited for contempt until Jamie gets finished cutting hubby’s baseballs off. Craig, you’re a bar-tender, aren’t you? Wouldn’t you freeze Joe Torre’s asset if you were presiding?

  3. pt - Nov 8, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Mattingly turned the offense around and what he can teach on a defensive level will be alot also.The dodgers have to realize what mattingly would mean to the team. So they must be working something
    out between don,joe and the team.

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