It's all but a foregone conclusion that Jerry Manuel will be dismissed as Mets manager after the 2010 season and Joe Torre is apparently, well, willing to come home......
Whatever happened to the unwritten rule that you don't comment on taking another man's job while he still has it? I guess that's why they put things in writing.
Torre and new Dodgers manager to-be Don Mattingly were in town yesterday to attend a memorial ceremony at Yankee Stadium for former Yankee owner George Steinbrenner.
Prior to the festivities, in an interview with WFAN's Mike Francesa in NY, Torre said,
"I am curious" adding, "When the season is over, I hope the phone will be ringing."
Most people associate Joe Torre and New York with the Yankees. And why not, his managerial tenure with the Yankees was one of the most successful managerial stints on record. However, if you are old enough to remember, Torre's managerial career actually started with the Mets.
Joe Torre was traded to the Mets in 1975 for Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore. In May of 1977 when Joe Frazier was fired, Torre, who was playing third base for the Mets at the time, was chosen as Frazier's replacement. He served as player/manager for the Mets and became the second of three players in the 1970s to take on both roles (Frank Robinson, in the two previous seasons with the Cleveland Indians, and Don Kessinger, in 1979 with the Chicago White Sox, being the others).
After 18 games and two at-bats, Torre retired as a player to concentrate on managing. Torre managed the Mets through the 1981 season, unable to post a winning season.
"That's where it all started for me in '77; it would really be weird," Torre said.
You can listen to the entire interview with Torre and Mattingly here. - Mike Cardano
Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball & Xtra Point Football.
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