Joe Torre is done as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. With Torre out as manager, Don Mattingly will take over the Dodgers at the end of the season, something that Mattingly has been groomed for by Torre over the past few years. According to ESPN, Torre will end his tenure as manager of the Dodgers at the end of the current season, and at that point hitting coach Don Mattingly will replace him. It’s unclear at this time if Torre is quitting as manager, or if the team is just ready to move on without him, and that should become more clear as the date of his last game with the Dodgers approaches.
This was the third season that Torre has been manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers after he left the New York Yankees during a contract dispute. Torre hasn’t found as much success with the Dodgers as he did with the Yankees, even though his Dodgers made the playoffs twice. In 2008 the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs to make it into the National League Championship Series, but lost to the Philadelphia Phillies four games to one. Again in 2009, after the Dodgers posted the best record in the National League, they were eliminated by the Phillies in five games during the NLCS.
The Dodgers have really struggled during the 2010 MLB season, and that could be one of the reasons that Torre has had enough. Through Thursday’s games, the Dodgers had a 72-75 record, and were guaranteed to finish in fourth place in the National League West. The West has become much tougher with the San Diego Padres emerging to join the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies at the top, so now might be the perfect time to pack it in as manager of the Dodgers and move on to other things. It’s entirely possible that Torre could move on to other things in the front office, and that he could take a different job with the Dodgers organization at some point.
If Joe Torre is now done with the game of baseball, he is someone that should be placed in the Baseball Hall of Fame. As a player he was a nine-time All Star that had 2,342 career hits and a .297 batting average. In the 1971 season he won the National League MVP for the St. Louis Cardinals by posting 230 hits, 137 RBI, and an amazing .363 batting average. As a manager for 29 seasons, he won six American League titles and four World Series titles on the way to a career .538 winning percentage. He helped get the Yankees back to the top of the American League, but he has also put together an amazing resume during his time in baseball.