Torre mulling over broadcasting, club roles

Torre mulling over broadcasting, club roles

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre on Tuesday said he has retired from managing and hasn't decided whether to accept one of several broadcasting offers or an undefined role in the Dodgers' front office.

"I'm retired," Torre said when asked if he would manage again, adding that he had not talked to any other club about a managing role.

After three years in Los Angeles, Torre handed off the managerial reins to Don Mattingly on Sept. 17, but had previously hedged on whether he might return to another team's dugout.

After a news conference at the Winter Meetings headquarters at the Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort honoring Torre and fellow retiring managers Bobby Cox, Cito Gaston and Lou Piniella, Torre stopped briefly to speak with reporters before being hustled off to attend a meeting of the Commissioner's Office special committee.

Torre said he wouldn't decide his future role in baseball until "the first of the year," that he's enjoying time with his family and will now be able to attend his daughter's softball games.

He said he's had "inquiries about broadcasting that are certainly tempting," that he enjoyed his six years as an Angels broadcaster in the 1980s and that as a broadcaster he wouldn't have the demanding schedule that a manager has. Torre is 70.

Torre thanked Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti for allowing him to take the time before deciding whether to accept an offer as a consultant for the club. When Torre and Colletti began talking about a contract extension a year ago, it included a post-managing position, but there was never an agreement reached over a workload or time commitment.

Immediately following the news conference, Colletti was waiting to congratulate Torre, who mentioned to Colletti how busy the general manager had been signing players.

"I told Ned he's been busy and that was great for them," Torre told reporters. "They've made additions to the pitching. I'm happy for Donnie."

Torre was asked if he wished some of those additions had come a year ago, in time for him to utilize and, perhaps, avoid going out with a fourth-place finish.

"No," he said. "When I was fired by the Mets, they went out and got George Foster, and I went to the Braves and somebody asked if I wished they had gotten Foster for me. I said, 'I only wish I was 10 years younger.' If I get a wish, I'd use it that way."

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