Joe Torre has finally made his decision, and has officially retired from managing with the Los Angeles Dodgers being his final managing destination.
Commissioner Bud Selig announced today that he has appointed Joe Torre as the new Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball.
In his new capacity, Torre will oversee areas that include Major League Operations, On-Field Operations, On-Field Discipline and Umpiring. Torre will serve as the Office of the Commissioner’s primary liaison to the general managers and field managers of the 30 Major League Clubs regarding all baseball and on-field matters.
“I am thrilled that Joe Torre will serve as our Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations,” Commissioner Selig said. “As a member of our Special Committee for On-Field Matters since December 2009, Joe has demonstrated great passion for all the important facets of our game. I have known Joe throughout his 51 years as a standout player, manager and broadcaster, and I believe he is a perfect fit to lead our Baseball Operations staff, implement our on-field initiatives and serve as one of the game’s most significant voices on major issues.”
“Baseball has been a big part of my life, and I thank the Commissioner for this opportunity to continue participating in and contributing to the game I love so much,” said Torre. “I could not be more excited to work with all the Clubs to help protect the integrity of the game and, hopefully, make it an even more enjoyable experience for our fans.”
Torre, a nine-time All-Star who played in the Major Leagues from 1960-1977, was a .297 career hitter with 252 home runs and 1,185 RBI. He was the 1971 National League Most Valuable Player as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, batting .363 with 230 hits, 24 home runs and 137 RBI. Torre served as a Major League manager for 29 seasons, leading the New York Mets (1977-1981), the Atlanta Braves (1982-1984), the Cardinals (1990-1995), the New York Yankees (1996-2007), and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010). His 2,326 wins as a manager rank fifth all-time. The Brooklyn, New York native guided the Yankees to four World Series Championships (1996, 1998-2000), six American League pennants and 12 postseason appearances, including 10 A.L. East titles, in his 12 years as manager. Torre then led the Dodgers to two consecutive N.L. West crowns in 2008 and 2009, which included two straight appearances in the National League Championship Series, before stepping away from the dugout following the 2010 season.
In addition, Commissioner Selig also announced that Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who had served as Senior Vice President for Major League Operations since June 2010, will now be the Senior Advisor to the Commissioner.
“I thank Frank Robinson, a giant of our game, for his day-to-day leadership of several key areas within our Baseball Operations Department since I called on him last June,” Commissioner Selig said. “I am glad that Frank will continue to be a vital source of counsel and guidance for me, especially as a member of our Special Committee for On-Field Matters, and I will consult with him on many important issues, on and off the field.”
“I am eager to continue in a meaningful role working for the Commissioner and Major League Baseball,” Robinson said. “The Commissioner and I have known each other for years, and I will always be available to assist him and this great game.”
MLB Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Information Officer John McHale, Jr., who had led the Baseball Operations Department on an interim basis since June 2010, will focus on his regular duties, leading the administrative functions of MLB’s central offices.
Commissioner Selig said: “I thank John McHale for his thorough oversight of our Baseball Operations Department, a role he took on in addition to the many essential duties he already handled. Admirably and selflessly, John stepped up and devoted his expertise to the task at hand. I am most grateful to John.”
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