Dodgers split on whether Torre will return

Dodgers split on whether Torre will return

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's anyone's guess whether Joe Torre will be back as manager of the Dodgers next year.

Even his players can't reach a consensus.

In an informal and anonymous clubhouse poll, players were split almost down the middle when asked whether they thought Torre will manage the Dodgers in 2011.

Eleven said yes, 13 said no and four abstained, couldn't or wouldn't offer an opinion.

Bench coach Bob Schaefer offered an opinion Thursday on a Sirius XM Radio interview, saying he didn't think Torre would be back to manage the Dodgers, but would remain in the game in some capacity.

"He doesn't know that," Torre said in response.

Torre has been coy about his plans, saying he would announce them when the Dodgers clinch a postseason berth or are mathematically eliminated. The latter could come by the weekend or early next week.

"I know what I'm going to do," he said. "I still have some things I need to do first. Everybody is assuming I'm not coming back, which is the fun part. My wife knows. If my wife knows, my daughter knows. Ned [Colletti, general manager] and I have talked."

In general, more veterans believe Torre will not return, while more younger players believe he will.

Several players who felt Torre will return said he would be back so he could go out on a winning note. Several players who felt he won't return suggest that ownership's financial limitations in improving the roster would sway the 70-year-old manager to leave.