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September 19, 1986 | STEVE HARVEY
Return to sender . . . 42 years later? Yes, but this time it was not the post office's fault, authorities pointed out Thursday, as they returned two undelivered letters to Joe Torres of East Los Angeles. Torres had written them during World War II. What happened, postal spokesman David Mazer said, was this: Torres was among 92 servicemen stationed in Algeria who handed more than 235 pieces of mail to a buddy going home in 1944. The buddy was instructed to drop them in a mailbox.
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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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August 27, 2000 | CHRIS FOSTER
Pitcher Joe Torres has been worth every penny, so far. Torres, the Angels' first pick and the 10th player selected in the June draft, has added 10 pounds and is 1-1 with a 2.93 earned-run average for Class-A Boise. He has 27 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. Torres, who played at Gateway High in Florida last spring, received a $2.08-million signing bonus. He was 4-4 with a 0.38 ERA his senior year at Gateway. He threw a no-hitter, two one-hitters and a two-hitter.
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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 4, 2003 | Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- There will be no summer holdout for the Angels' top draft pick. The Angels selected shortstop Brandon Wood with the 23rd overall pick in Tuesday's draft, then signed him for a bonus of $1.5 million. The Angels have awarded a larger bonus to a high school player just twice in franchise history -- $2.08 million to pitcher Joe Torres, drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2000, and $2.075 million to first baseman Casey Kotchman, selected with the 13th overall pick in 2001.
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June 11, 2000 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his first four starts this season, Joe Torres pitched a no-hitter, two one-hitters and a two-hitter. He blew away hitters with a fastball clocked as high as 96 mph. He fooled them with a curveball that took a staggering break five feet off the plate. Against one team, he struck out 16. And when his streak of gems was over, Torres' record was . . . 0-4. It's the maddening truth. Players on Torres' team at Gateway High in Kissimmee, Fla.
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June 1, 2002 | BEN BOLCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shortly after the Angels had made him their top pick in the 2000 amateur draft, Joe Torres proclaimed his desire to make the big league roster within three years. Nearly two years later, the 19-year-old left-hander is pitching for Class-A Cedar Rapids, where he is finally starting to show significant progress during what he hopes will be his first full minor league season. "I give myself a B grade overall," said Torres, who was 4-1 with a 2.28 earned-run average before Friday.
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June 6, 2000 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Angels begin molding Joe Torres, the left-handed pitcher they chose with the 10th pick in Monday's free-agent draft, it appears they won't have to spend much time on issues of confidence. Torres, 17, is reputed to throw 96 mph, and his curveball is thought by many to be the best in the draft. He wore out at least one catcher at Gateway High in Kissimmee, Fla., where his record was 4-4 despite an earned-run average of 0.38 and 128 strikeouts in 55 innings.
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April 2, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
About to leave Arizona for Los Angeles, Juan Pierre said he was at peace. He said he was at peace that he will be on the bench when the Dodgers open their season in San Diego on Monday and that there was nothing he could do this spring to change that. Told at the start of camp he would be the fourth outfielder the moment Manny Ramirez re-signed with the club, Pierre said he has done everything he could do, batting .270 and leading the Cactus League with 10 steals.
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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 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 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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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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February 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Major League Baseball will not expand its instant replay system this year, according to Joe Torre, the league's executive vice president of baseball operations. Commissioner Bud Selig told the Los Angeles Times four months ago that expanded replay would be in place for the 2013 season "for sure. " Torre told The Times that the timetable has been delayed one year. "Next year, there will be something, for sure," Torre said. "It's not like we're afraid to do something. I don't want to do something unless we feel like it's the right thing to do. " Torre, who is Selig's point man on the issue, said he understood the commissioner's oft-stated intention to broaden the replay system to include calls of fair balls, foul balls and trapped balls.
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September 21, 2009 | Jim Peltz
It appears Orlando Hudson might no longer be the Dodgers starting second baseman. Manager Joe Torre sounded non-committal today as recent acquisition Ronnie Belliard played in place of Hudson for the second consecutive game. Hudson, 31, a switch-hitting All Star and Gold Glove winner, has played in nearly every game since being acquired last winter. But "over the course of the season it's probably taken a little bit of a toll on him," Torre said before today's game.
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August 1, 1990 | From Associated Press
California Angels broadcaster Joe Torre was named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals today, returning to a role he had with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets and to a city where he was an All-Star. Torre, a former Cardinal who has been with the Angels for the past five years as a broadcaster, said he was excited about being back on the field after being out of the game for more than five years.
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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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September 1, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
These Dodgers aren't the same Dodgers Joe Torre used to manage. "Obviously, ownership changed and things changed," said Torre, who stepped down as manager after the 2010 season. Torre's Dodgers were always strapped for cash and, as a result, never burdened with the kinds of expectations faced by today's team. But having managed the free-spending New York Yankees for a dozen seasons, expectations are something with which Torre is intimately familiar. Visiting Dodger Stadium on Saturday as a representative of the commissioner's office, Torre offered some thoughts on his former team, which has added big names but fallen further behind the first-place San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
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