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Report: Joe Torre would listen if Mets came calling

Sep 18, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

You just knew this was coming.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, “a person close to” Joe Torre says the Mets might be the “only team” that could lure the 70-year-old away from retirement.

“The
Mets are certainly an inviting situation because they have a lot better
personnel than their record shows,” the person close to Torre said.
“The injuries have hurt them.”

“Money
shouldn’t be a factor for the Mets if they really want [Torre],” the
person close to Torre said. “You look at what their attendance figures
are, and I’m sure Joe would build some excitement among the fans, which
is definitely needed there.”

Just the other day, Jon Heyman of SI.com told us that the Mets see ticket sales as a key issue,
so the possibility shouldn’t be discounted entirely. According to Puma,
Wally Backman remains the favorite to be the Mets’ next manager, but
some question whether he is ready to lead a major league team. One
scenario, Puma reports, is that Backman would be groomed for the job as a
bench coach to Torre, similar to Don Mattingly in Los Angeles.

Hiring
Torre would certainly create some temporary buzz in New York, but he
wouldn’t re-invigorate the fanbase like Bobby Valentine would, nor does
he have any of that fiery, impassioned spiritedness that many columnists
claim the Mets so desperately need. Besides, the Mets aren’t likely to be a contender next season and they will probably balk at his asking price.

  1. Cleareye - Sep 18, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Torre is a class act. It was awful seeing him suffer with the Dodgers, now owned by a phony loser from Boston who only intend is to bleed the organization of its cash. It’s gotten so bad with the Dodgers I expect McCourt to next say he can’t afford Vin Scully and sells the naming rights to Dodger Stadium to FoxNews!

  2. Cleareye - Sep 18, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    Torre is a class act. It was awful seeing him suffer with the Dodgers, now owned by a phony loser from Boston who only intend is to bleed the organization of its cash. It’s gotten so bad with the Dodgers I expect McCourt to next say he can’t afford Vin Scully and sells the naming rights to Dodger Stadium to FoxNews!

  3. baldyred - Sep 18, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    This gutless, souless, leaderless Mets team needs a Bobby Valentine, not Joe Torre. And Mets fans are entitled to owners who understand the concept of team chemistry. Wasn’t 13 years of the Braves at the top of the division enough? Are Mets fans going to have to endure another 9 years of the Phillies at the top seconded by the quickly constructed Braves (Mets ownership take note of how quickly a competent organization can build a top team).

  4. Pisano - Sep 18, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    Just go home Joe , between the Dodgers and the Mets your legacy would be ruined . People will remember your run with the Yankees . God knows you don’t need the money , go home and enjoy the memories of your Yankee career.

  5. Jess_Ball - Sep 18, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    Joe! Come back to where it all started, where you caught with the Milwaukee Braves…not like I was even alive, then, but Mark will give you the money and you should come back. Even if it was more than 50 years ago. We would go crazy as fans in Joe-waukee.

  6. Joe Runner - Sep 18, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    I agree with cleareye. its hard to see Joe with the Dodgers. And I don’t like to see him go out that way.
    Joe’s reputation will not be damaged by the LAD dog and pony show.
    If he took the Mets job he would be taken seriously, respected and listened to, by ownership, management, players, and fans. I know he can turn the team around. I would be a lot more fun than it is now. Can’t argue that.
    I’m a Braves fan and I would love to see the Met/Braves series rock the way they used to.

  7. Calir - Sep 18, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Just won’t the Mets need, a guy who sits on the bench and collects paychecks. Dodger players quit this year and Torre knew he had lost the club house.

  8. joel - Sep 19, 2010 at 7:57 AM

    Just what we need, a 70 yr. old never was! Torre was universally ripped as a manager when he was hired by the Yankkees. Gene Michael, Bob Watson as GM”s and Buck Showalter as Mgr. put together the teams Torre led to WS wins. When Cashman and Steinbrenner combined to start building all star teams with no role players on the roster the Torre magic disappeared. With four other teams Torre has proved that he is just as mediocore as 90% of the rest of major league managers.

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