Torre formally takes Dodgers' reins

Nov. 5, 2007 at 3:23 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Joe Torre, who led the New York Yankees to the playoffs each of the last 12 seasons, was introduced Monday as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Torre's hiring by Los Angeles was no secret. He was reportedly in talks with the team shortly after he refused a one-year contract offer to remain as the Yankees' manager. Los Angeles also cut loose Manager Grady Little to clear the way for Torre.

"This is one of the handful of organizations that you automatically say 'yes' to," Torre said. "When I think of the Dodgers, I think of efficiency, I think of pride, I think of measuring stick ...You always measured yourself by the Dodgers because they did everything right. They had a stature that you really looked up to."

He is the 26th person to manage the Dodgers -- and eighth since the team moved to Los Angeles. Torre has amassed 2,067 wins as a manager, which places him eighth on the all-time list.

Torre also said Monday that Don Mattingly and Larry Bowa, who had been on the Yankees' staff, would join him with the Dodgers.

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