Torre named to MLB executive job

Feb. 26, 2011 at 2:52 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Former New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre Saturday was named executive vice president of Major League Baseball operations.

Commissioner Bud Selig made the announcement at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Spring Training Complex in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- the new, $120 million spring training home of both the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Torre will take over the job duties formerly handled by Jimmie Lee Solomon, who is now MLB's executive vice president for baseball development, MLB.com reported.

John McHale held the job on an interim basis, while Frank Robinson oversaw the umpires, security and on-field baseball operations, the Web site said.

"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 said in a statement.

Torre, 70, won four World Series titles and two Manager of the Year Awards in 29 years behind the bench following a stellar playing career. He retired as manager of the Dodgers after last season.

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