Jerry Manuel threatned & offended by Joe Torre
Now that is confirmed that Joe Torre will not be coming back as the LA Dodgers Manager next season he is already starting to contemplate the rest of his career. Many thought he would call it a quits after a hall of fame managing career that dates all the way back to the 80′s.
However, Torre may be thinking on another wave length then the rest of baseball fans. In the back of his mind is the #1 city in his heart is New York. Since there a 0% chance of him managing the Yanks with the team now in the hands of Girardi the only other option to continue to his managing career in the big apple is the New York Mets.
His interested in the Mets was revealed earlier this week as he was in town for the Steinbrenner memorial game at Yankee Stadium. The lastangryfan.com was all over this story and reported what Torre said to WFAN in an interview.
“No question” was Torre’s response if he would ever come back to Flushing. He followed that up by telling WFAN that “I am curious. When the season is over, I hope the phone will be ringing.”
When current Mets manager Jerry Manuel became aware of this situation he wasn’t thrilled and had this to say:
“That’s not integrity, that’s what you hope to find in those high-profile positions, such as this.”
“I find it also curious when someone comments about a job that someone already has, I don’t know him from a personal basis. But when things like that come out, or are said, you question the integrity. That’s what comes to my mind.”
Wowow calm down there Manuel. Someone feels threatened about their job.
I see nothing wrong with what Torre said. He never went out of his way to voice these opinions. He was simply answering a question that was asked during an interview. What was he supposed to do? Lie and say he wasn’t interested so Manuel’s feeling weren’t hurt.
As Manuel eluded to he still has his job so why would he care if someone stated they wanted it. Only one reason he knows there is a strong possibility of him being canned regardless of how much assurance the Wilpons may give him.
It’s sports that’s the reality of coaching and managing. The minute you sign a contract the countdown begins as to when you will fired. That is why you get paid the big bucks and still get paid after being fired, learn how to deal with it and handle a bit of speculation.
Furthermore, if Manuel is so concerned about Torre taking his job how about doing a better job as a manager. Then it will eliminate any possibility of the Mets organization going in another direction.
The whole integrity thing got completely blown out of proportion as well. Like I said he simply answered a question, it’s not like Torre had a plan to oust Manuel from his job. If someone proposed to you a new job or career better than your current situation you would accept it to.
I have always felt Torre has been a class act and was misunderstood and this got glorified by the New York media who is always stirring the pot with the Mets.
Since then Torre has already come out and said: “I am closing the door on managing the Mets and probably everybody else.”
In other words he is going to keep his nose out of the situation. But, I still wouldn’t be shocked if he ultimately ended up with the Mets. For now he will keep his mouth shut until an actual offer is proposed not WFAN coming up with a dream situation to try and make them somewhat relevant compared to the Yankees.