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April 6, 2008 | David L. Ulin, David L. Ulin is book editor of The Times. Contact him at david.ulin@latimes.com
Joe Torre trudged through the spring training clubhouse at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the same way he walks out to the pitcher's mound late in an important game. There was that distinctive lumber: dogged, plodding almost, head down, long arms station- ary, eyes not giving anything away. He threw a poker-faced glance at his players, many of whom were sprawled in front of their stalls chatting, slowly pulling on their uniforms. Most paid little attention to him, as if they didn't even notice he was there.
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April 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In the seventh inning of the Dodgers' home opener Friday, Hanley Ramirez was called safe as he tried to steal second base. After a replay review, Ramirez was called out. Here is what happened in the interim: San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy sauntered out of the visiting dugout, shuffling toward second base. Managers no longer rush onto the field to challenge an umpire, because they need to buy some time for their video staff to determine whether a play should be challenged.
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March 23, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Joe Torre got his old job back Friday. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig restored Torre as executive vice president of baseball operations, the position Torre vacated Jan. 4 to join Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso in bidding for the Dodgers. Caruso and Torre withdrew from the bidding last month, citing Frank McCourt's refusal to sell the Dodger Stadium parking lots along with the team. The five remaining bidders all want McCourt to sell the parking lots too, but final bids have not been submitted and negotiations have not taken place.
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December 9, 2013 | From staff and wire reports
Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre - three of baseball's most decorated managers - were unanimously selected Monday for induction to the Hall of Fame. The announcement sets the stage for what could be one of the largest Hall of Fame classes in recent history, one year after there were no living inductees. The players up for election include Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas; the results will be announced Jan. 8. La Russa ranks third on the list of all-time managerial victories, trailing only Connie Mack and John McGraw.
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June 20, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
It appears that Joe Torre is no longer the best catcher in the family. Torre's daughter, Cristina Torre, was having coffee at a Brooklyn cafe Wednesday when a man rushed in asking people to call 911: A 1-year-old boy had crawled out onto the fire escape of a nearby apartment building. “I quickly got up and looked, and there was a baby kind of straddling the fire escape between the second and the third floor,” Cristina Torre told CNN. “All of a sudden, it slipped, and it was dangling and holding on with its hands.” The boy then lost his grip, bounced off an awning below the fire escape and right into the waiting arms of Torre.
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April 4, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
In the seventh inning of the Dodgers' home opener Friday, Hanley Ramirez was called safe as he tried to steal second base. After a replay review, Ramirez was called out. Here is what happened in the interim: San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy sauntered out of the visiting dugout, shuffling toward second base. Managers no longer rush onto the field to challenge an umpire, because they need to buy some time for their video staff to determine whether a play should be challenged.
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May 14, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Joe Torre's return to the National League is slightly more than a season old, yet he has already been selected an All-Star. Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel, who will manage the NL team in the All-Star game in July, last week offered Torre a spot on his coaching staff and the Dodgers manager accepted. "I'm definitely going," Torre said Wednesday. "It will be fun." The game will be played in St.
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November 6, 2009 | T.J. SIMERS
He's Joe Torre, a household name from coast to coast, the stoic statue in the dugout, talking now about a lack of self-esteem -- his own. Of all people. He's MVP as a player, World Series champion four times as Yankees manager, the Dodgers under Torre the most successful they have been in 20 years. But he's still also little Joey in so many ways, a witness to domestic abuse in his own home, and the shame and embarrassment that come from believing only his family had such ugly problems.
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February 15, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
The Dodgers should not give Don Mattingly a contract extension for Mattingly's benefit. The Dodgers should give their manager a contract extension for the Dodgers' benefit. So said Joe Torre on Friday, with the Dodgers preparing for what might be the most anticipated season in team history. If the Dodgers were to give Mattingly an extension before opening day, Torre said, they could enhance their chances of winning by removing an element of uncertainty. "I think it would give them an air of security," Torre said.
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May 20, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Dodgers Manager Joe Torre on Thursday danced around the subject of who would be the team's fifth starting pitcher. It's a topic of interest because Ramon Ortiz , who was a last-ditch effort to fill the role while Vicente Padilla is out, has underperformed in two starts. The next time the fifth starter would potentially be used is Tuesday when the Dodgers open a three-game set in Chicago against the Cubs. But because the team has an off-day the day before, Torre could potentially skip using a fifth starter and hold off on that decision until sometime in that series or the one after with the Colorado Rockies.
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November 4, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
What if the Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony and no one came? That was painfully close to the truth last July, after the Baseball Writers Assn. of America rejected all the players presented for election. There were three inductees, selected by a separate committee to represent the pre-integration era, but each of those inductees had been dead for at least 74 years. When induction day arrived, the Hall of Fame generously estimated the crowd at 2,000 -- about one-tenth the usual number.
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October 29, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
There are a lot of Hall of Famers involved with Game On Dude, installed on Monday as the 8-5 morning-line favorite and set to run from post position No. 9 in Saturday's $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita. There's Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. There's Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. And there's probable Hall of Fame baseball manager Joe Torre, a part owner. Baffert is feeling some Yankees-like pressure after Game On Dude's dud performance in last year's Classic, a seventh-place finish at odds of 8-5. "He's a totally different horse this year," Baffert said of the 6-year-old gelding.
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October 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez
ST. LOUIS - Vin Scully is 85. He has called games for the Dodgers since Jackie Robinson played for them. He does not just talk about the old school. He was enrolled in it. As the story line raged about whether the Dodgers are too full of money, flair and themselves - in contrast with the old-school St. Louis Cardinals - Scully said he did not believe the Dodgers players had done anything offensive. "They're just having fun," Scully said Friday before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series.
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October 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Asked about protégé Don Mattingly's uncertain future, former Dodgers manager Joe Torre explained Sunday why Mattingly might be concerned about his lame-duck status. As the New York Yankees manager in 2007, Torre found himself in a situation similar to Mattingly's. Torre's contract was about to expire and there was mounting speculation he wouldn't be back the following season. "Players have to answer a lot of questions and that's the tough part for a manager," Torre said.
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October 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Asked about the uncertain job status of Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, Joe Torre reflected on his days as a lame-duck manager with the New York Yankees. “Players have to answer a lot of questions and that's the tough part for a manager,” Torre said. “If it was just on the manager and you just had to respond as a manager, that's your job. You get paid more money than anyone else on your coaching staff based on the fact that you have to be there and respond to all the questions.
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July 7, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
At least super horse Game On Dude gave a sad day at Betfair Hollywood Park a grand finale. At least when the bulldozers start doing their work in January, those in Saturday's crowd of 6,493 for the 74th — and last — Hollywood Gold Cup, will have their memories. And yes, if you know anything about horse racing in Southern California, you know that an attendance figure of 6,493 for a $500,000 Grade I race with the reputation and history of the Hollywood Gold Cup is a disgrace.
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June 24, 2010 | By DeAntae Prince and Jim Peltz
Joe Torre had seen enough. The Dodgers manager called a rare postgame, closed-door meeting with his club after their mistake-riddled, 2-1 loss to the Angels on Wednesday night. Players said Torre told them that the defending National League West champions couldn't continue making such game-changing miscues if they wanted to stay in contention again this year. "He just said we can't continue to beat ourselves," said Reed Johnson , who was running toward home to score the tying run in the ninth inning when Russell Martin was thrown out after overrunning second base — for the final out — before Johnson reached the plate.
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March 17, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Although the Dodgers' middle-relief corps remains in flux, Manager Joe Torre said Wednesday he's not overly concerned because the team has several pitchers who could fill the role. Asked for his take on the situation, Torre replied, "I don't have a take yet, to be honest with you," but added, "I'm not concerned. I think we have a lot of options." The options have been pared lately, with Ronald Belisario still in Venezuela because of visa problems and Cory Wade undergoing shoulder surgery Wednesday that's expected to keep him sidelined up to three months.
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June 20, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
It appears that Joe Torre is no longer the best catcher in the family. Torre's daughter, Cristina Torre, was having coffee at a Brooklyn cafe Wednesday when a man rushed in asking people to call 911: A 1-year-old boy had crawled out onto the fire escape of a nearby apartment building. “I quickly got up and looked, and there was a baby kind of straddling the fire escape between the second and the third floor,” Cristina Torre told CNN. “All of a sudden, it slipped, and it was dangling and holding on with its hands.” The boy then lost his grip, bounced off an awning below the fire escape and right into the waiting arms of Torre.
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June 18, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
— For a day, maybe even two, Don Mattingly will be king again. Donnie Baseball is returning to the Bronx. Even though Mattingly is in town to manage the Dodgers' first games against the Yankees in New York since the 1981 World Series, and even though he never played or coached in the new Yankee Stadium, part of him considers this place home. He will always be a Yankee. "It's like Larry Bird, right?" Mattingly said. "He played for the [Boston] Celtics his whole career. Even though he coached the [Indiana]
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