Torre says Mets rumors are 'irresponsible'

Torre says Mets rumors are 'irresponsible'

LOS ANGELES -- When Joe Torre said on Friday that he stepped down as Dodgers manager because the team needed a new voice, and didn't announce that he was retiring from managing, he knew what he was doing.

He knew that talk would immediately shift to where he would manage next and, of course, the rumors have already started that it will be the Mets.

"Ironic. That's where I started," Torre said. "I talked to my agent and he said some close personal friend of mine is telling people that's where I'm going. A lot of times people don't care if it's true, they just fire it out there.

"Wherever I go -- if I go anywhere -- there's absolutely no legs to this story. I've had no conversations and nobody I know has had any conversations. It's just so irresponsible. I don't want to get on a soapbox. I guess somebody thinks it's a good idea. Instead of being the guy fired four times, I'm the man for the job."

Torre said he will remain in Los Angeles immediately after the season ends, attending to some work with his Safe at Home Foundation, then head to Hawaii for a week's vacation and spend a week in Arizona with successor Don Mattingly, who will be managing in the Arizona Fall League.