Former New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Joe Torre is finding life after managing. On Friday, MLB commissioner Bud Selig announced that Torre will take a new job as executive vice president for baseball operations.
According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, "(Torre will) oversee on-field operations, making him one of the top executives at MLB's offices in New York".
Torre, who played 18 seasons, mainly as a catcher and first baseman, and managed the Yankees (1996-2007) to four World Series titles, will officially be appointed Saturday afternoon during a Selig press conference at the new Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, AZ.
More about Torre's job after the jump...
"Torre will assume the responsibilities formerly handled by Jimmie Lee Solomon, who has taken on the role of MLB's executive vice president for baseball development, wrote Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com Friday.
"Solomon is now in charge of MLB-run academies in the United States and Puerto Rico, Minor League operations and the annual Civil Rights Game. Solomon replaced Sandy Alderson as executive vice president of baseball operations in 2007 when Alderson left to become chief executive of the Padres. After a year working for MLB addressing issues in the Dominican Republic, Alderson was hired as general manager of the Mets following the 2010 season."
Whether this is a good fit for the 70-year old Torre we will find out. The former manager, who lead the Yankees (1996-2007) to four World Series titles and retired after last season with the Dodgers, decided not to take a television job, which I think he'd be good at. However, as long as the Selig doesn't put Torre in charge of the bullpen in the company softball game, I think he'll be fine in this gig.