Red Sox Should Grab Joe Torre
A series of events have happened in the last week, which should have Boston Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein making a lot of behind the scenes phone calls.
First, Joe Torre announced his retirement from the Los Angeles Dodgers as their manager. Then, Torre did not rule out managing another team and has since indicated a willingness to talk to the New York Mets.
Revenge is an important role in baseball. Just as Brett Favre figured out a way to exact revenge on the Green Bay Packers, Torre no doubt would like to stick it to his former team. Reportedly, Torre and New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman have not spoken since the release of Torre’s 2009 book “The Yankee Years” which was not kind to the organization.
The Red Sox are a bruised and battered team and have made a valiant effort to stay in the thick of things this year especially with a squad comprised of many minor leaguers. (See http://www.seamheads.com/2010/08/14/time-for-red-sox-to-clean-house/) Boston has been plagued with injuries requiring long stints on the disabled list for many starters.
Replacing Red Sox Manager Terry Francona should not be considered a blatant indictment on Francona’s job. Most of the injuries were simply bad luck. However, after seven years and two World Series rings, perhaps it’s time for both parties to move on.
Torre is a Hall of Fame Manager who is beloved by players and would no doubt be enthusiastically welcomed in Boston by the team and fans. Torre would not only provide a fresh start but also comes with a score to settle. He knows the Yankees probably better than anyone in baseball and would clearly like to get his revenge on the organization. What better way than by managing the Boston Red Sox?
It is clear Torre is not hanging up his uniform and would like to continue to manage. If he does have an axe to grind, returning to the Bronx and managing the cross-town rivals to the Yankees is definitely one way to do just that. Perhaps Torre is thinking he can turn the Mets franchise around and win a World Series or two, once again in New York.
But the Mets are a sub-500 team and have not been in the playoffs since 2006 sinking slowly ever since. Torre may not want to spend a few years trying to bring the competitive edge back to the Mets. With the Red Sox he has everything in place to put a playoff caliber team together for several years to come.
Joe Torre has already made his mark in baseball history. Guiding the Boston Red Sox to a championship would leave a permanent indention.