Heyman: Selig To Announce Torre Hire
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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – Joe Torre may not stay retired much longer.
According to SI.com and WFAN’s Jon Heyman, MLB commissioner Bud Selig is expected to announce Torre’s new position as executive vice president of operations, a post previously held by Mets general manager Sandy Alderson. The announcement will come Saturday.
Torre said last month that he and Selig had met a few times to talk about the job.
“I’m definitely interested,” Torre said. “Bud knows me. We first met when I was like 16 years old back in 1956-57, so we’ve known each other a long time.”
The former skipper of five major league teams, including the New York Yankees and Mets, was a major league player for 17 seasons.
One condition apparently would be that Torre could do it from Los Angeles, where he and his family live, rather than at MLB headquarters in New York.
“I don’t plan on it,” Torre said of a possible return to New York. “My daughter’s in school and I certainly don’t want to uproot my family. I’ve enjoyed L.A.”
Asked what attracted him to a job in the commissioner’s office, he said, “just the connection with baseball.”
“If I’m going to do something else, I don’t want it to be sort of ‘It’s nice to have you onboard,’” Torre said. “I want to be useful. I think that’s the intriguing part. Even though it could keep me busy, it could be exciting, too.”
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