Torre facing reality of final series as manager

Torre facing reality of final series as manager

LOS ANGELES -- Joe Torre entered his final series as manager of the Dodgers sounding more like it really will be his final series as a manager, period.

"Sunday will be it," Torre said. "If I show up managing, it will really be a long shot. I don't think any question, it will be emotional. I thought when I left Yankee Stadium [in 2007], I thought that was it. I've tried not to think about it. On the last trip, I thought about the finality of the whole thing. It will be nostalgic, but not sad. This is something I want to do. Not many get to make the choice in this line of work. I look forward to what's next."

Torre said he hopes to take a brief family vacation -- his daughter's school and softball schedule allowing. He will resume a spring conversation with general manager Ned Colletti (they spoke Friday before the Dodgers' 7-5 loss to the D-backs) about a consulting job, however Torre has already made that appear unlikely by voicing conflicting goals of providing significant help to a club without committing significant time.

He said he will spend a few days at the Arizona Fall League with his successor, Don Mattingly, who will turn his first managerial job there into a cram course for his debut in the role with the Dodgers next year. Torre said he has standing broadcasting inquiries that he will consider, although, again, the time commitment will limit his interest.

"This managing career of mine has been pretty cool," he said. "I don't anticipate working as much as I have. I don't know what it will be. I hope something exciting. I'm sure there will be broadcasting, but I'm not sure I want to do that."

Torre has asked the club not to make a fuss on Sunday, but a brief in-game video salute is expected, as well as a few words from Torre to the crowd after the game.

"I have an idea that I'll speak from the heart," he said. "I'll let the fans know what they've meant. My time here was short but we had some success, not as much as we'd like. My time was memorable and enjoyable. They talk about L.A. fans arriving late and leaving early. I didn't see a lot of that. Sometimes the way we were playing made them leave early. But I saw a lot of passion here."

Torre said if he does get emotional, it will probably be because of the presence of wife, Ali, and daughter, Andrea.

"Those types of things get to me," he said. "I would get choked up in the playoffs if we had a comfortable lead in the ninth inning and I'd think of who was in the stands. That gets me emotional."

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.