Torre ponders future on 69th birthday

Torre ponders future on 69th birthday

LOS ANGELES -- In honor of Dodgers manager Joe Torre's 69th birthday, discussion during his pregame media session Saturday took a turn toward his future managerial plans.

Torre is the oldest manager in the Majors, 10 months older than Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox, and he ranks No. 5 on the all-time managerial win list with 2,207 wins.

Torre, signed to manage the club through 2010, was asked if he ever saw himself managing a team at 70.

"I didn't envision myself managing at age 60," he told reporters.

That doesn't mean that he has any plans to retire after this season.

"I'm assuming I'll manage next year because I have a contract next year," Torre said. "I've never been one to not fulfill my contract. If I don't feel I'm up to it, I don't think I'd manage just for the sake of managing or just to get paid."

As for his post-2010 plans, Torre repeated what he told reporters during Spring Training: His career as a manager will be over after the end of his current contract with the Dodgers.

But he did leave the door open for a possible change of heart before he has to make any official decision.

"I'm telling the truth as I know it right now," Torre said. "Again, things change -- and I may change my mind."

David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.