Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Joe Torre puts off decision on future
By Tony Jackson
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Joe Torre said on Tuesday that although he has a number of options as far as what to do now that he has retired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, he will wait until after the first of the year to make a decision.
"I have been putting it off every month," said Torre, who was one of four retiring managers honored by baseball commissioner Bud Selig at a news conference during the winter meetings. "I have been saying, 'I'll do it after this, that or the other thing.' As it turns out, I'm going to wait until after the first of the year and see what happens. ... I have had some inquiries about broadcasting, which certainly is tempting because I did it for six years and I enjoyed it."
Torre was honored along with Toronto's Cito Gaston, the Chicago Cubs' Lou Pineilla and Atlanta's Bobby Cox, who had to miss the conference call because of a family medical emergency.
Torre said he hasn't ruled out the possibility of remaining with the Dodgers in a front-office capacity. He and general manager Ned Colletti have spoken periodically since the end of the season, but only in general terms.
"I thank Ned for just allowing me to take some time and for making a place for me if that is what I decide to do," Torre said.
Torre also said he likes the moves Colletti has made this winter and believes they will benefit his successor and longtime protege, Don Mattingly.
"[Colletti] has been busy," Torre said. "I think [the moves are] great. I think it will be a plus. The pitching seems to be strong, and I think that is important for Donnie."
Torre had planned to visit Mattingly in the Arizona Fall League, where Mattingly kept his commitment to manage the Phoenix Desert Dogs even after being named manager of the Dodgers. But Torre has been so busy since the season ended -- including planning a dinner event with his Safe at Home Foundation in November, at which New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was honored -- that Torre was never able to make the trip.
"Every time I had an opening in my schedule, they were doing organizational stuff, and I didn't want to interfere with that," Torre said. "I have talked to Donnie a couple of times since then. He seems to really think [managing in the AFL] was a benefit to him."
Colletti and several members of Mattingly's coaching staff made multiple visits to Mattingly in the AFL so they could have informal organizational meetings with him in the evenings after games. Mattingly isn't attending the winter meetings because he is getting married Friday night in his hometown of Evansville, Ind.
Torre reiterated that he has no plans to manage again.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.