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Joe Torre rejoins Major League Baseball

Mar 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Joe Torre AP

Joe Torre spent a year in the league office of Major League Baseball, handing out discipline to players, dealing with postponements in the playoffs and pretending to supervise umpires while really doing nothing to fix bad umpiring all. Then he quit to try to buy the Dodgers.

That didn’t work and, Major League Baseball just announced, Torre is back in the fold:

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that Joe Torre has rejoined Major League Baseball as Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations … Torre originally joined Major League Baseball in February of 2011, overseeing areas that include Major League Operations, Umpiring, On-Field Operations and On-Field Discipline.  In the capacity to which he is returning, Torre serves as the Office of the Commissioner’s primary liaison to the general managers and field managers of the 30 Major League Clubs regarding all baseball and on-field matters.

I guess it’s a different job than his old one. But he’s still probably gonna be mad when he gets back to his office and finds out that, right after he left, someone took his stapler, his desk chair and that ergonomic keyboard that he really had to pull some strings to get.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    It must be nice to be able to leave a job for greener pastures and then when those pastures turn brown return to a great high paying job with the same company.

    • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      In unrelated news, white men still continue to have disproportionately high rates of pay and employment compared to every other race and gender group, and most Americans continue to be OK with that, for some reason inexplicable to me.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:38 PM

        Now don’t shoot the messenger. May be it has something to do with the fact white men have been in the work force longer and many have more experience in their chosen fields.

        Seniority and work experience are usually key factors that make up a persons earnings ability. But that’s just my opinion.

      • Kyle - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:47 PM

        But… I’m white!

      • Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        @uyf Not messenger shooting, but what sort of societal boundaries would lead to white men having more experience and seniority? Probably something like the 10 white people who gave my comment a thumbs down because “racism doesn’t exist to them” right?

      • uyf1950 - Mar 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

        Baseball Beer…. – More often then not on this board when comments don’t seem to have baseball related content they get thumbed down pretty severely. And please don’t take this the wrong way but may be your comment and I quote “…something like the 10 white people who gave my comment a thumbs down because “racism doesn’t exist to them” right?…” says more about you then it does them. For assuming that all 10 thumbs down were from “white people”. Just my opinion.

      • losangelasbasketball - Mar 24, 2012 at 3:10 AM

        yo BBB, your comment was removed and re-posted in the basement of youtube… I’m sure you will find the people at that site more suitable for you….

      • baseball1146 - Apr 1, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Maybe there is a reason: education, experience, training, competence, hard work, value of family, lower crime rates, stable family environment.

    • rooney24 - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      I see this kind of thing all the time. Someone leaves the corporation, fails elsewhere, and the corporation falls all over themselves to hire them back at higher pay. Meanwhile, for the loyal people that stay put and do their jobs well, they don’t give out nearly as big of raises. Loyalty should mean something, but it doesn’t.

  2. umrguy42 - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Maybe he should be thankful that Tony La Russa didn’t take his old job for him. What would he have to go back to?

  3. Detroit Michael - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    So he now is Bud Selig’s gopher?

    • bigharold - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      Bud’s bag man.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Joe Torre needs to pull strings for a keyboard? I have a feeling that guy could snap his fingers and choose whichever ergonomic one he wanted, right in front of him.

  5. mybrunoblog - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Torre has also taken a low level position with the hair club for men.

  6. dowhatifeellike - Mar 23, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    More crony capitalism. It must be nice to have a guaranteed job overseeing the very thing that made you rich.

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