Torre came to decision slowly

Torre came to decision slowly

LOS ANGELES -- One day after announcing he would step aside as manager, Joe Torre said Saturday he reached his decision while dining with his wife a month ago.

"It had been an ongoing conversation," said Torre. "In Spring Training, she asked if this was my last year, and I said, 'We'll see.' At dinner a month ago, she started quizzing me about stuff she sees from her perspective. At that point, I felt a lot of answers were different than they would have been."

Meanwhile, as Torre said at Friday's press conference, the team had gone into a second-half tailspin and hadn't responded to anything he was doing.

"I had been leaning this way for a while, but holding out in case I started changing my mind," Torre said. "As the year went on further, it set in that I just didn't feel I was making as much of an impact as I'd like to."

Torre again said the uncertainty of ownership, due to the McCourt divorce and its impact on team payroll, "didn't affect me at all."

"I learned with the Mets, when Mrs. Payson died and Mr. Payson didn't want any part of it and they had their austerity plan, the manager's job is to do the best you can with what you have," Torre said. "If you start wishing you had this or that, you're cheating yourself."

As for his team, Torre said, "I don't think it distracted them. If it affected them, that's their fault."

Torre said he expected to field broadcasting offers, but "I'm not sure I want to do that." He also hasn't ruled out managing elsewhere.