Joe Torre: 10 Reasons the Dodgers Won't Miss Him

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 18, 2010

Joe Torre: 10 Reasons the Dodgers Won't Miss Him

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    Now in his 29th season as a major league manager, Joe Torre recently announced that he will not be returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers next season.

    Torre led the team to two NLCS appearances in his first two years with the team but this year has been a horrific season for the Boys in Blue.

    Dodgers fans shouldn't despair, while his tenure with the team comes to a close, this is not a time to be sad.

    There's plenty of reasons to be hopeful.  Here are 10 reasons that the Dodgers won't miss him.

10. He's Old

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    Joe is 70 years old, and the last 50 years of his life he's been involved in major league baseball.

    That's a long time to be doing anything.  Torre might be burned out.

    He's got a teenage daughter to raise at home, and possibly will be looking forward to spending more time with his family.

    Though he won't officially call this a retirement, it sounds like Torre is heading in that direction.

    Considering his age, it may be a good thing that the team and Torre parted ways.

9. He Costs Too Much

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    The McCourts are going through a bitter divorce battle.

    It's obvious with the move to trade Manny Ramirez to the Chicago White Sox that payroll savings are extremely important to the team.

    Torre was earning $4 million a season during his time with the Dodgers.

    His departure means more savings for Frank McCourt and the team.

8. He's Already Accomplished Everything

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    Torre had a very successful career as both a player and manager in major league baseball.

    As a player for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, Torre was selected to nine All-Star Games, and won the 1971 batting championship and NL MVP Award.

    Torre also won four  World Series championships while he was the manager for the New York Yankees,

    But his last World Series came 10 years ago and he was finally pushed out of New York after failing to fulfill constant high expectations.

    He may still have a love for the game but how do you stay motivated when you've already done everything?

7. His Departure Makes Players Get Better

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    His departure could do wonders for the careers of some of the Dodgers' rising young players Matt Kemp, Andre Either and James Loney.

    Considering how A-Rod struggled with Torre as his manager, but proceeded to improve and actually lead the team to a World Series title in 2009, it might be possible that some of these young Dodgers could see significant improvement this season.

6. Questionable Lineup Decisions

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    There's something to be said when a manager decides to bat arguably their best player late in the batting order.

    With the Yankees, he batted A-Rod 8th in the order.

    In Los Angeles, stud five-tool outfielder Matt Kemp was inexplicably spending time at the bottom of the batting order last season.

    Moves like that could be demoralizing for players and is hard to defend within the clubhouse.

5. Misuse and Overuse Of Bullpen

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    Torre exhibited a poor ability to manage the bullpen this season with the Dodgers.

    Call it extreme faith in his closer, Jonathan Broxton, or just plain foolishness but the Dodgers' season collapsed when Broxton could no longer close games.

    After a 48 pitch performance against Torre's old team, the New York Yankees, Broxton has not been the same player.

    Despite having Hong-Chih Kuo in the bullpen ready to give Broxton relief, Torre stuck to his closer and failed.

4 Doesn't Motivate

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    Another knock on Torre is that he doesn't fire players up like some.

    Torre is not as intense of a manager and leader as Larry Bowa or Ozzie Guillen.

    But he has shown a great ability to manage different personalities and large egos.

    However, this Dodgers team is now lacking Manny Ramirez and the core group of players have grown up together in the organization.  

    There is no longer a need for Torre's expertise in player management.

3. A Need For A New Voice

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    Three years in Los Angeles and only the first two can be considered a success.

    After high expectations to do well again this year, the team collapsed and are struggling to end the season as a .500 team.

    Torre said it himself during a press conference he told reporters, "...I just felt this ballclub needed a different voice, a younger voice..."

    He was referring to his hitting coach, Don Mattingly.  Who, despite his lack of professional experience as a manager, can probably offer the ballclub some fresh insight and new leadership.


2. He's Overrated

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    Many speak of Torre's great achievements as a manager, but most of his success actually came while coaching a talent-laden Yankees roster.

    In fact, there were a few seasons in New York which the Yankees were expected to make it to the World Series yet Torre failed to lead them to the last series of the season.

    Remember this is the same Joe Torre that allowed something unprecedented to happen—he let the 2004 Boston Red Sox come back from 0-3 deficit to win the ALCS, and ultimately the World Series.

1. It Can't Get Any Worse

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    The truth for the Dodgers is that change can be good.

    Their ownership is in flux and the team is struggling under Torre.

    Gone is Mannywood and pretty soon Torre will be out the door.

    As of today the Dodgers sit second to last in the NL West and are 11.5 games behind the first-place Giants.

    Mattingly may not be a homegrown candidate or an ex-Dodger but fans need to realize that after a season like this, it can't get any worse.