Joe Torre was officially announced as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers today and he’s bringing Don Mattingly and Larry Bowa over with him from the New York Yankees.
Paying tribute to one of baseball’s most successful franchises, Joe Torre was front and center for his introduction as the new manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
His news conference Monday was held in center field at Dodger Stadium to accommodate the overload of media, a first according to team spokesman Josh Rawitch. Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully began the news conference attended by team owners Frank and Jamie McCourt and general manager Ned Colletti.
“Wow! This has been wild here. The last two weeks have been a whirlwind for my wife Ali and me,” Torre said. “You say goodbye to one prestigious organization and you say hello to another prestigious organization.”
Don Mattingly and Larry Bowa are joining Torre, he announced in his introductory remarks. Mattingly may be the team’s hitting coach, according to a source cited by 1050 ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Mattingly was the Yankees’ bench coach under Torre last season. He was the hitting coach for three seasons before that.
Bowa told Marchand that he’ll be with the Dodgers, either as Torre’s bench coach or third base coach. He was the Yankees’ third-base coach last season. Bowa had been rumored to be ticketed for a coaching position with the Seattle Mariners.
It’s a good crew. Then again, Torre has been an average manager in recent years despite the richest payroll in American team sports. We’ll see if he can win World Series rings without an incredible array of young pitching and hitting talent like he had in his Yankees heyday.
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