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Joe Torre takes on the L.A. Dodgers

“The way I think of Joe is that the camera could be on him and you would never know if he was up 10 runs or down 10 runs,” said Kim Ng, the Dodgers’ assistant general manager who worked in the New York Yankees’ front office from 1998 to 2001, the period when Joe Torre led that franchise to four straight American League pennants and three World Series titles. “That’s just typical Joe.” (John Soohoo / EPA)
In his debut season as New York Yankees manager, Joe Torre leads the team to its first World Series title since 1978. (getty images)
As his first season in Los Angeles begins, Joe Torre finds himself in transition: He’s a legend who has something to prove. (Photograph by Richard Corman)
Joe Torre comes to Los Angeles amid high expectations. (Photograph by Richard Corman)
Joe Torre says this will be his final contract, that after three years in Los Angeles, he will be through. “Once I walk away,” he said, “that’ll be it. And I certainly--obviously, I should say--chose doing that as opposed to doing this again over there. Because it really wasn’t fun. And I need for this to be fun.” (Photograph by Richard Corman)
The more you listen to Joe Torre talk, the more you see another element at work here: Let’s call it history. Torre was born and raised in Brooklyn, although as a kid he rooted for the New York Giants. He understands the Dodgers as an institution, an organization with a reputation equivalent to the one he left, with a long line of fabled players such as Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson. “It’s part of why I took the job,” he said. “It’s one of the storied franchises. I certainly remember growing up with Snider and Reese and Furillo and Campy and Jackie in 1947 and thereafter. Jackie--you probably hated him more than anybody because every time he was in a rundown play, nobody ever tagged him out.” (Photograph by Richard Corman)