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Joe Torre apologizes, closes door on managing Mets

Sep 21, 2010, 9:26 PM EDT

Well, that didn’t take long.

Though Joe Torre did not personally speak with Jerry Manuel today, he did issue a public apology just a short while ago while speaking with reporters in Los Angeles. He also formally “closed the door” on the possibly of managing the Mets.

Here’s just a part of the public mea culpa, courtesy of Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com and Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

“I apologize. He is right that I shouldn’t have said that, and I don’t
think I did. Somebody asked me if I would take a call from [Mets owner] Fred Wilpon.
I have known Fred Wilpon forever. I won’t be managing the Mets, and I
thought I made that clear yesterday. It was about taking a call as
opposed to looking for a job. I went to New York to pay tribute to George Steinbrenner. If I was looking for a job, I probably wouldn’t have gone to New York.”

“I don’t want to say I’m definitely not going to do this again, but
that’s only other [teams] aside from the Mets. … I spent 12 years
forging a relationship with those fans in New York. I don’t want to all
of a sudden go across the river and have them get mad at me.”

Hear that other managers of baseball? Joe Torre is coming to take your job! Watch your back, Mattingly.

  1. SouthofHeaven - Sep 22, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    I’m sure he’ll change his tune on Manuel once his next book deal goes through.

  2. BC - Sep 22, 2010 at 9:25 AM

    Maybe he was drunk and thought it was 1977 again.

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