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Joe Torre, 72, has no plans to return to managing

Oct 14, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote in his Sunday notes column that “talk is strong” around the baseball world that Joe Torre might want to manage again. But it seems really doubtful to happen.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the 72-year-old Torre said Sunday afternoon that he is enjoying his current gig in the commissioner’s office and has no desire to return to the dugout. “I don’t know where that came from,” said Torre. “Certainly not my camp.”

So we can put that rumor to rest before it gains any sort of steam.

Torre had a 2326-1997 career record in stints with the Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees and Dodgers.

  1. mybrunoblog - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    This is good news because I love Torre but there are 30 teams who have no Intention of allowing him to return to managing by offering him a job.

  2. crnvic847 - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Wow 2,003 games over .500 pretty freakin’ awesome!

  3. raysfan1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    The wins/losses number is inaccurate. I assume that you’re being facetious. 2326 is his win total, to go with 1702 losses. Nobody has won 4000 games, not even Connie Mack.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      Good catch…I was thinking that win/loss ratio didn’t look right.

      And no offense to Torre, because I *DO* respect him, but his managerial record ASIDE from the Yankees is:

      1153 games won, 1230 games lost

      12 years of managing great Yankees teams did a lot to burnish his image as a great manager, much like managing the Red Sox did for Terry Francona.

  4. sasa7 - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Mr. Torre is an excellent, even great manager. That opinion is tied to the fact that he managed in the steroid era and pre-steroid era. He managed in the steroid era in the most difficult sports town in the world, for the most imposing owner in the world. The ability to manage and win under so much pressure is an incredible feat. Not to mention, before everyone jumps on the free agency/unlimited spending kick, the Yankees won with a roster comprised of 55% homegrown talent. That talent was special, but needed to be managed by the appropriate person. He found a way to distill the big personalities of some of the free agents and whisk it together with the young homegrown talent. That is special. Joe’s demeanor is exactly what many clubs are looking for in this era of the big personality athlete. My only concern would be his fitness, at 72 the challenges to his lifestyle might be too great.

  5. daisycutter1 - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Torre was simply awful the last few years he managed the Yankees. And it’s shocking that he had the reputation of being a players’ manager. It was well-known that there were his favorite players…and everyone else. And he treated each group accordingly.

    And, on the field, he never met a veteran player he didn’t like (and play) more than a (better) younger one. Also, his bullpen management was absolutely terrible. Overusing certain relievers to the point of ruining their careers, making one after another after another headscratching relief pitcher choice…

    I don’t know if he changed things around when he got to the Dodgers, but Joe’s performance as Yankee manager had declined to the point where IMO he should have been fired by the Yankees if not after the 2003 WS certainly after the 2004 collapse to the Red Sox.

    So, if anyone wants to hire him to manage their team all these years later, good luck to you.

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