29 October 2007

TORRE: FROM PINSTRIPES TO DODGER BLUE

As previously reported by this blog on Oct 9 and Oct 19, the LA Daily News is reporting that according to two people with knowledge of the Dodgers' universe, the club and Grady Little are talking about a buyout that would leave the manager's office in Chavez Ravine vacant for Joe Torre to inherit.

L.A.D.N. states:

"Since none of Little's coaches is signed for next year and he is ($1 million and an undisclosed option for 2009), there has been speculation Little is out. And since the underachieving Dodgers have a dysfunctional clubhouse with veterans and youngsters feuding, Torre is the ideal person to put the room back together.

Last week it was reported the Dodgers offered Joe Girardi a job - either as bench coach to replace Dave Jauss, who is a candidate for the Pirates' managing gig, or to take over for Little. When Girardi supposedly turned the Dodgers down, many took that as a sign Girardi is in line to succeed Torre in The Bronx."

Now how about this:

During the 2008 season the Dodgers will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in LA, while the team is being managed by a guy who grew up in the shadows of Ebbets field.

Also rumored is that Don Mattingly will follow Joe to LA since the Yankees have hired Joe Girardi as manager and Mattingly has said he will not accept a coaching position under Girardi.

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