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Joe Torre has made up his mind . . . and its probably to leave L.A.

Sep 17, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

The L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez reports that Joe Torre has “said he has decided what he’ll do next year,” and that he has told his wife and Dodgers’ GM Ned Colletti. He’s just not telling the public what it is yet.

Query: did Torre have an open invitation to come back that would allow him to simply decide to do so if he wanted to? His contract is up. The Dodgers have looked pretty awful, with many, many underachieving players this season.  Is the decision to return — if that is his decision — really up to him and him alone? Not trying to start a “fire Joe Torre” thing here, but there are reasons other than Joe Torre’s personal wishes for him to not be back in blue next season, aren’t there?

So, if this was a decision he made alone it would, by definition, be that he’s retiring, no?

  1. Philip P - Sep 17, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    I hate to simply blame managers when players don’t perform as expected but when you consider how many different Dodgers have regressed this season and the poor handling, in my opinion, of Matt Kemp (who also deserves criticism), you can’t give Torre and his staff a free pass. Do the Dodgers need to shake up the roster some what? Yes. Would a change in managerial & coaching direction help? My gut says yes too.

  2. Panda_Claus - Sep 17, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    This is a sequel that just didn’t work out for Torre. It’s the worst kept secret in California to think Joe would do anything but leave L.A. He’s a good manager but the organization needs some fresh faces, from the owner’s box on down.

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