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Joe Torre "Definitely Interested" In Taking Job At MLB Office
Published January 13, 2011
Former manager Joe Torre last night said he is "definitely interested" in a front-office role with MLB that could include the post of Exec VP/Baseball Operations. Torre, at the MLB owners' meetings in Arizona as a member of the league's Special Committee for On-Field Matters, added he expects further discussion on the topic with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig while here, schedule permitting. Several talks about Torre joining the league office have already occurred in recent weeks, he said. No formal job offer, however, has arrived yet from Selig, and it is not known whether one will be made to Torre. "I think he's also still talking to other people. ... It's a two-way street here." The league's top baseball operations job had been held until last June by Jimmie Lee Solomon, who was reassigned to a baseball development role. For the past seven months, MLB Exec VP/Administration John McHale has been running baseball operations on an interim basis, aided by Senior VP/Major League Operations and HOFer Frank Robinson. A significant issue that will need to be addressed is one of locale. Selig works primarily out of Milwaukee, but the Exec VP/Baseball Operations job has been based at MLB's N.Y HQs, and Torre said last night he would prefer to stay in L.A. Torre added he had declined two offers to return to broadcasting since retiring as Dodgers manager at the end of the '10 season, but remains on the hunt for a "significant" challenge within baseball that does not involve managing (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal).
STILL WORKING OUT THE DETAILS: While Torre prefers to stay in L.A. instead of moving to N.Y., an MLB source said that the Exec VP/Baseball Operations job is "one that couldn't possibly be done from long distance" (ESPNLA.com, 1/12). In N.Y., Madden & Thompson note if Torre "gets the job, he would be responsible for hiring a replacement for Bob Watson, who resigned in December" as VP/Rules & On-Field Operations. Selig is "believed to be discussing the job with other candidates but is known to want a baseball person of high stature to run the operation" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/13). Torre last night noted that "no job offer has been made and he thinks Selig is talking to others." Torre said, "I'm not sure he's totally made up his mind, either" (AP, 1/12).