It was recently announced that former Yankees manager Joe Torre was picked to manage Team USA in the next World Baseball Classic. This opened up the possibility that he could one day manage a few of his former players including Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.
The thing is things between A-Rod and Torre were never great. It was a cold relationship while the two were together including the time Torre infamously dropped A-Rod in the lineup in the 200s playoffs against the Tigers when he was struggling. After Torre left the Bronx he made A-Rod look bad in his book on the way out.
It doesn’t seem like things have gotten much better as he bashed A-Rod to Yahoo Sports about a month ago.
“He was concerned with putting numbers up, and that really wasn’t what we were all about,” Torre said during the Yahoo Sports interview. “We were about winning games; that was the only statistic that was important for us. Alex, in his defense, he just felt if he put certain numbers, that the wins would take care of themselves. I think he put pressure on himself.”
I love Torre, but he needs to let it go.
Maybe he has though as he was recently asked about the possibility of managing A-Rod in the next WBC.
“I don’t think there’s any issue with the two of us,” Torre told Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. “If that situation presented itself and I felt I wanted to go that way, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to ask him. I hope if I did that he wouldn’t have any hesitation in accepting.”
Now it doesn’t seem very likely that A-Rod would even play for Team USA in the WBC no matter who the manager was. In 2006 during the inaugural WBC he did indeed play for Team USA, but that was under pressure from the league. The next time around he played for Team Dominican Republic. Next time around he would probably do the same except that he’s an aging star and there are potentially other players both teams could go with instead of A-Rod.
So this is a non-issue anyway. Torre, obviously, had no problem with the idea of managing Jeter.