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David Wells calls Joe Torre a "coward" and "terrible manager"

Sep 23, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

David Wells was a guest on the Yahoo! Sports podcast with Kevin Kaduk and Jay Busbee earlier this week.

In addition to chatting about the division races, playoff matchups, Cy Young debate, and his role as one of TBS’ postseason announcers Wells also dropped a pretty big bomb by calling Joe Torre “a coward.” And he was just getting warmed up.

Courtesy of Kaduk and the fine folks over at Big League Stew, here’s a transcript of his exact words:

I had [Yankees pitching coach] Mel Stottlemyre come up to me in ’97 and tell me they were going to sit me out in the first round against Cleveland. I said, “If you’re going to sit me out the first round, you might as well just send me home.” That pissed me off because I won like 15, 16 games for them.

That’s pretty degrading when you have your manager tell your pitching coach to tell you, “Hey, you’re going to sit out,” rather than telling you himself. That’s what Joe Torre is to me, a coward. I don’t like him at all. As a manager, I think he’s terrible. He wasn’t a fair manager. He didn’t treat people the same. He definitely didn’t treat me the same. If he tells you anything else, he’s a liar.

Wells said some other interesting stuff about Torre, so it’s definitely worth listening to the whole podcast.

Between this, the little spat with Jerry Manuel, and Jamey Loney basically saying the Dodgers stopped playing hard it’s been an interesting week for Joe Torre and his reputation.

  1. CanrcKid - Sep 23, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Wells is a wimp. How could you say Torre is a “coward?” He won many pennants and World Championship rings for the Yankees. Wells is a wimp, a chump and trying to make headlines by attacking Torre. And by the way Wells the Wimp, when you’re a Boss, you need to delegate assignments to your underbosses. So Torre hurt your feelings when his pitching coach said you won’t pitch in Cleveland. Oh, so sad, Wimpy Wells.

  2. Johnnyb10 - Sep 24, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Torre says in his book that every few weeks, he would go to David Wells & say, “look ay you – your completly out of shape – you can’t be a professional athelete in that condition.” And Wells, with smoke coming out of his ears, would say, “Oh yeah, give me that ball”, and he would go out & pitch a gem. As an earlier poster said, Torre treated him like a small child – and it worked.

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