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It’s Official! Torre Is Dodgers Manager!

torre3.jpgWell, forget about the rumors, it’s official. Joe Torre, just two weeks after walking away from the Yankees, has accepted a three year, 13 million dollar deal to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers. Favored to win the NL West this year, the Dodgers underachieved and finished fourth. They have only one playoff victory since winning the 1988 World Series under Tom Lasorda.The winningest manager in postseason history, Torre moves from one storied franchise to another. He’s becomes the Dodgers’ eighth manager since the team left Brooklyn and he hopes to finally get this team playing in October. Being so well liked by players, Ned Colletti and the Dodgers are hoping Torre can bridge the gap between the veterans and the younger guys in the lineup. “As a kid growing up, you didn’t like them,” Torre said on WFAN radio in New York before the hiring was announced. “As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because … you either loved them or you hated them.” The 67-year-old Torre will be introduced at a news conference Monday at Dodger Stadium. Grady Little resigned Tuesday after completing two seasons of a three-year deal.

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Eddie, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joe “Not Torre” Girardi

girardi.jpgIt seems as if the Yanks have  finally decided who will man the ship for next year, and it’s not going to be Don Mattingly or Tony Pena. The deal offered by Brian Cashman and the Yankees is reportedly for three years worth six million. Girardi was in Denver for the World Series and is due back for an official announcement on Tuesday. Girardi caught for the Yankees from 1996-99, served as a bench coach in 2005, then managed the Marlins the following year and was NL Manager of the Year.

As for Mattingly, sources say he is extremely disappointed he did not get the position.  Mattingly has no managerial experience, however, he did spend three seasons as New York’s hitting coach before he became Torre’s bench coach last year. A six-time All-Star, Mattingly is among the most beloved players in Yankees history. Mattingly’s agent said that Don will not accept another coaching position in the Yankees organization. Rumors have it that he will join Torre in L.A. if Joe accepts the managerial position with the Dodgers.

October 30, 2007 Posted by | Eddie, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment