Joe Torre feels ‘terrible’ about omitting George Steinbrenner from speech

Joe Torre Hall of Fame

Joe Torre had a lengthy Hall of Fame speech at Cooperstown on Sunday in which he recapped in detail his glory days managing the New York Yankees. He mentioned multiple players and staffers with whom he worked throughout his career, and he thanked his family for all their help. But one thing Torre failed to do during his 27-minute long speech — the longest of all inductees — was thank George Steinbrenner.

Torre acknowledged shortly after his speech that he failed to mention “The Boss” and made sure to address that with the media.

“I missed thanking the most obvious guy in the world when you’re talking about the Yankees,” Torre said per the New York Daily News. “I mentioned George, but my plan was to thank him and the fact that we had a great relationship.

“It was the proudest time in my whole career and I just feel terrible I omitted that.”

Indeed it was the proudest time of Torre’s career. Though he had a great career as a player and managed three teams prior to the Yankees, it was with the pinstripes that he won four World Series, leading to his induction. He even said early in his speech that he would “cut to the chase” and spend most of his time talking about the Yankees winners he managed because that’s where his most prominent work was done.

Some may speculate that Torre’s omission has to do with his rocky departure from the team after 2007. Torre was offered a new contract but would have had to take a pay cut, and he took offense to that. He ended up signing to manage the Dodgers instead.

Despite his issues over the insulting offer, Torre made it back to Yankee Stadium in 2010 when Steinbrenner was honored with a monument in Monument Park and insists there are no hard feelings.

Below is video of his speech:

Joe Torre’s daughter reportedly caught falling baby in New York

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Cristina Torre babyJoe Torre’s daughter is being considered a hero in New York Wednesday after making a catch to save a falling baby. Seriously.

The New York Post reports that Cristina Torre was biking to work Wednesday morning when she saw a baby hanging from the awning above a frozen yogurt shop at 3rd Avenue and 92nd Street. Torre, 44, apparently was calling 911 to report the baby on the loose when the 1-year-old boy fell. She luckily was in the right place when the boy fell and made a life-saving catch.

The New York Daily News says police determined that the baby slipped through some cardboard placed next to an air conditioning unit in a second-floor window, crawled onto a fire escape, and then fell onto the awning. His parents were asleep when it happened and were taken into police custody. The Daily News says the parents are facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child and neglect.

The family’s four children were reportedly taken into child services. ABC reports that the apartment was described as being in deplorable conditions, with “no food in the house, peeling paint, not adequate bedding for children, and no window guards.”

LBS was unable to obtain footage of Torre’s daughter making the catch, but we believe it may have looked like this:

Thanks to David for the tip

You Can Thank Joe Torre for Helping to Keep MLB Behind the Times

You can stick Joe Torre in the same category as Bud Selig and Sepp Blather when it comes to advancing the game using instant replay. And that’s not a good thing.

Torre, who opposed the use of instant replay as a manager, feels the same way in his role as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for MLB.

“I have heard many discussions on umpiring and technology over the past two years, including both the pros and the cons of expanding replay,” Torre said in statement.

“However, most in the game recognize that the human element always will be part of baseball and instant replay can never replace all judgment calls by umpires. Obviously, a play like this is going to spark a lot of conversation, and we will continue to consider all viewpoints in our ongoing discussions regarding officiating in baseball.”

Look Joe, adding more replay doesn’t mean we’re completely eliminating the human element. Nobody is saying we need George Jetson’s robot nanny calling balls and strikes. But there’s no reason why umpires shouldn’t be able to use replay on close plays at the bag, especially for plays like the Braves-Pirates one last week.

We argued in 2007, 2008 and last year during Armando Galarraga’s perfect game that baseball needs expanded replay. We even set out guidelines for how and when instant replay should be used. See Joe? You don’t even have to use your brain for this one — we already did all the thinking for you!

Just get your head out of your butts and expand the use of instant replay. It won’t hurt the game; it will improve it.

Dodger Fans Boo Frank McCourt During Joe Torre Farewell Speech

The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 3-1 on Sunday to end their season. Joe Torre finished his last year as the team’s manager with an unimpressive 80-82 record and he gave his farewell to the fans following the disappointing year.

The Dodgers were coming off two straight NLCS appearances and widely expected to compete for the division crown. Instead, GM Ned Colletti’s hands were tied in the off-season and he was unable to buy any necessary pitching to help the team. He criticized star Matt Kemp early in the season and sent the young slugger into a spiral. Manny Ramirez was on the disabled list three times and had a bust of a season. Andre Ethier started off like a stud then broke his pinkie. Closer Jonathan Broxton was overused and lost his job. For all the accolades the highly acclaimed manager receives, he only led the Dodgers to an 80-82 year.

Perhaps the whole spirit of the season was ruined by the pending divorce case between Frank and Jamie McCourt. While the two are fighting for custody of the team, we’ve found out that they took millions out of the team to finance their personal lifestyle. I’ve been hammering the Dodgers for years over their cheap ways, but it took the divorce case for most fans to realize how awful Frank McCourt has been as an owner.

Let’s do the list: doubled ticket prices, doubled parking prices, hired a psychic for hundreds of thousands per season, paid their sons hundreds of thousands for not working for the team, and took over $100 million from the franchise for themselves. Fans finally have caught on and gave McCourt the only type of salute he deserves: the call of the boo bird. Check out Joe Torre’s farewell speech and listen at the 32 second mark for the boos:

Frank should take a cue and stop fighting for the Dodgers. The fans are sick of him and don’t want him as the owner any longer. Maybe MLB can do something about the situation because he clearly is not fit to be the owner of a big-market team, let alone any baseball team.

Overrated Joe Torre Mismanages Dodgers Bullpen

Joe Torre is a friendly guy, great with the media, and he stars in hilarious State Farm commercials. He’s also extremely overrated and at least partially responsible for the Dodgers 2-4 start to the season because of bullpen mismanagement. Because a manager doesn’t pitch, run, field, or hit for the players, they shouldn’t be given too much credit for what a team does or doesn’t do. Torre gets tons of credit for his success with the Yankees when every other manager could have sat there and watched those teams win World Series titles. David Wells has even shared the same sentiment that Torre wasn’t anything special. Joe also gets credit for the Dodgers making the NLCS the last two years. Nothing is said about the Dodgers being average his first year until they got Manny. To me, a manager’s job is to put his team in the best position for success. Batting A-Rod 8th in the playoffs and Matt Kemp 7th doesn’t put his team in a good position for success. Neither does what Torre did the first week of the season managing the Dodgers bullpen.

The Dodgers blew a 6-4 lead in the 9th on Saturday night while closer Jonathan Broxton watched from the bullpen. Broxton was unavailable Saturday night because he pitched back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday. Sure, George Sherrill’s an excellent option to close out games and was a stud with the Dodgers last year, but he struggled in spring and there’s really no debate that Broxton’s the team’s number one option to close out games. Sherrill gave up three runs while getting just one out to blow the save (the first run was charged to Ramon Troncoso). Now let’s go back to why Broxton was unavailable on Saturday to close what could have been the Dodgers’ third win of the year.

Broxton worked the 9th in a 10-2 Dodgers blowout on Thursday. Broxton hadn’t pitched since Spring Training because of some mismanagement on Wednesday and that’s why Torre felt the need to pitch him in the blowout. On Friday, the Dodgers led 7-1 in the 9th and Russ Ortiz came on to close out the win for Hiroki Kuroda. Ortiz got one out while loading the bases and Torre pulled him for Broxton. The Dodgers were leading 7-1 at that point and needed just two outs. Broxton got them but that made him unavailable to pitch on Saturday — a game the bullpen blew. True Blue LA also points out that Torre didn’t even use Broxton on Wednesday against the Pirates in a tie game. Instead, he used Troncoso in the 9th and Ramon Ortiz (who blew the game) in the 10th while saving Broxton for a save chance that never came. I’ve never understood the logic behind throwing one of your worst pitchers out there to potentially lose the game while a much better pitcher waits only to close out a potential win. It doesn’t make sense to me and it really burned the Dodgers. This first week of the season for the Dodgers has been an example of classic bullpen mismanagement by Joe Torre.

David Wells Calls Out Joe Torre: J-Fraud

Alright, so I’ve already done my share of ripping Joe Torre for co-authoring his “don’t call it a tell-all” tell-all book. I reserved some judgment because I hadn’t yet read it, but still considered the entire gesture to be pretty poor on his part. No need to reveal some of the locker room gossip from the Yankee days. Well, there was an excerpt in SI that confirmed what I had read about the book — Torre harbors bitter feelings toward Brian Cashman for the way things ended. Anyway, once Torre spilled the beans you figured the players would start bad-mouthing him Jon Gruden-style. First in line as you might have imagined was David Wells. Check out what Boomer served up on The Monty Show on Sporting News Radio:

[Joe Torre] should be called J-Fraud. He managed guys like Jeter — guys that were very easy to manage — those everyday players. But when there were guys under the bubble that were struggling, or basket cases like me I guess, he didn’t want anything to do with us.

Joe, he wasn’t tough on guys, he just treated you like crap. If you weren’t in his little circle — the circle of trust — then he could care less about you. I’ve had quite a few confrontations with him. It’s like guys get to fly early … I had to fly with the team — it’s stuff like that. If you’re going to do it for one guy, you might as well do it for the rest, and that’s what he didn’t do with the majority of guys.

I’m not sure which players were given the preferential treatment, but I’m guessing it’s pretty easy to figure out. Boomer also said that the ’98 team was so close it was like they didn’t need a manager; guys always hung out together and went to restaurants together. Wells told the hosts that they could have managed the team that year, confirming what I’ve said all along. If players were going to come out and start bad-mouthing Torre now that he’s spewing all, no surprise it’s starting with Wells. I expect more to come. And I’m looking forward to more Roger Clemens testicle-rub down stories, too.

I Thought Joe Torre Had More Class

Tom Verducci wants to make it clear that the book he has co-authored with Joe Torre is a third person narrative, not a tell-all by Torre. Fine. Verducci says you need to read the book to understand the context of the quotes that have been revealed. Fine. He’s trying to sell a book, what else would you expect? But someone please tell me how you can possibly downplay the reports that say Torre says Yankees GM Brian Cashman betrayed him and that Yankee players called A-Rod, “A-Fraud” in the book. If Torre doesn’t have something to say, or his side of the story to tell, then why did he co-author a book? Why is he going on a book tour to promote it? What’s he going on Letterman to do, discuss yoga studios and surf boards?

It’s sad that the Dodgers gave this guy such a cush gig after he parted ways with the Yankees. Torre hasn’t been anything special for LA and wasn’t anything special his last five years with the Yanks. The Dodgers are slow to sign free agents but were quick to drop like 18 mil on Torre so fans could go watch him make a double-switch at games. And as I’ve already said, without quality talent — like Manny for instance — his teams are no better than any other team. Now the guy who was supposedly so professional in his handling of relationships and the media is letting readers in on the inner-circle of the Yanks? I probably will read the book because I want to see what it all says before I go any further here and because — let’s face it — I’m running out of entertaining sports books at the library. So far Johnny Damon has defended A-Rod and Cashman says he’s cool with Torre. I just thought Joe Torre was too classy and above telling outsiders about the inside dealings of the Yankees.