2011 Will Be Joe Torre's Last

According to Bob Nightengale of the USA Today, former Yankee manager Joe Torre has told him 2011, a year in which he is not under contract with the Dodgers, will be the final one of his career.

Two things to keep in mind here. It is weird that he would announce his intentions to retire two seasons before the fact especially when he is not under contract for one of those seasons. The other is that we’ve heard this in the past, once when he had cancer in the 90′s and another time when George Steinbrenner started heavily criticizing him after losing the World Series to the Florida Marlins in 2003.

So it’s safe to say that this is not etched in stone. Torre is getting on in age though, he’ll be 70 years-old this summer, so it should be said that he will walk away sometime soon. He is probably a pretty decent candidate to make the Hall of Fame at this point so he might want to consider stepping away with enough time to actually see himself make the Hall.

Torre left the Yankees after they were beaten by the Cleveland Indians in the 2007 ALDS and signed a three year deal worth $13 million to manage the Dodgers. In his first year managing the Dodgers, they made the playoffs despite their mediocre 84-78 record and failed to win the pennant. Last season the Dodgers finished 95-67, but again failed to take the NL pennant.

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