Bud Selig announced today that Joe Torre, who has covered the gamut of positions in the game of baseball, has been named executive vice president of MLB, as reported on MLB.com. The 70-year old Torre was an MVP player, a broadcaster, won multiple World Series as a manager and over his 50 years in the sport he has maintained the most positive of images no matter how pressure-filled his job has been.
No wonder Selig selected Torre to be “the face of baseball.”
The job description states that the executive vice president will “oversee all aspects of on-field baseball operations, including the umpires, discipline and as a liaison to the general managers and field managers of the 30 clubs regarding on-field matters.”
The high-profile position is right up Torre’s ally. He’s generally been associated with the most glamorous franchises in the sport throughout his career. After starring as a St. Louis Cardinal, including the MVP year of 1971, he went into managing with the New York Mets in 1977. After six years there, Torre returned to one of the cities he played in, Atlanta, leading the Braves to an NL west title in 1982.
Three seasons with the Braves were followed by a stint as a broadcaster for the Angels, but it was back to managing in 1990 when Torre took the post in St. Louis. Six years with the Cardinals led to the dream job of managing the Yankees back to glory. From 1996 to 2000, the Bronx Bombers won four World Series titles and Torre was the toast of baseball.
A 12-year run of success in the Bronx came to an unfortunately bitter end and Torre moved west to take over the Dodgers. His three years in LA saw two NLCS appearances and ended with the opportunity to hand over the reins to long-time confidante, Don Mattingly.
There probably isn’t another person out there who is a better fit for this position than Joe Torre.