Well that didn’t take long. The New York Times is reporting that Joe Torre may be the next manager of the Dodgers. Supposedly the Dodgers had wanted to sign Girardi as their next manager, after Grady Little had “resigned”, but he got a better offer. It seems that the Dodgers have gotten a better offer as well.
In a previous post titled Girardi In, A-Rod Out I made the point that the Yankees were in for some rough waters ahead because they were losing one of the best managers in the game. Girardi is great and everything but Torre has led teams to the playoffs for over a decade straight. Don’t you think he could do that in a league that is inferior to the American League? I think so.
Plus, the Dodgers would also be getting Donny Baseball if Torre signed on to manage the storied franchise.
The Dodgers, who were disappointed with their 82-80 finish under Little, had singled out Girardi as a possible replacement. Now they are focusing on Torre, 67, who said after leaving the Yankees that he was not ready to retire.
Mattingly, 46, has ties to the Dodgers’ organization through his son Preston, who was a first-round pick of the team in 2006. The Yankees asked Mattingly to stay with the organization, but he said no.
Torre would have some work to do with the Dodgers, no doubt, but he also has a lot to work with. The Dodgers have a team that has a bunch of young players that kept the team in it for a lot longer than I had thought was possible.
But there is some good modeling clay there. This will be a good challenge for Mr. Torre because the Dodgers are far from a shoe-in to make it to the playoffs. Their payroll is quite large and they are in a fairly week league. Will he take it? If he takes the job and doesn’t make the playoffs will that tarnish his image? Stay tuned and find out. BigT
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