Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre will oversee Major League Baseball’s on-field operations following a career that included nine All-Star Games as a player and the fifth most wins as a manager.
Torre, who led the Yankees to four World Series titles and stepped down as Los Angeles Dodgers manager after last season, was named the sport’s executive vice president of baseball operations, Commissioner Bud Selig announced in a news release.
In his new role, the 70-year-old Torre will oversee areas including umpiring and on-field discipline, making him one of the sport’s top executives.
“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 the statement.
A catcher, first baseman and third baseman, he was a career .297 hitter, with 252 home runs and 1,185 runs batted in, and was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1971.
Torre began his managerial career as player/manager for the Mets in 1977. He also had stints with the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals before becoming manager of the Yankees in 1996.
New York won the World Series in Torre’s first season managing the team, as well as in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The Yankees never failed to reach the playoffs with Torre at the helm.
He stepped down in October 2007 after refusing a new contract offer and two weeks later took over as the Dodgers’ manager. With the Dodgers, he made the playoffs in 2008 and 2009.
He has a 2,326-1,997 career record as a manager, trailing Connie Mack (3,731 wins), John McGraw (2,763), Tony La Russa (2,638) and Bobby Cox (2,504) in career wins.
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