January 30, 2009

Friday's LKL: Joe Torre

Posted: 02:04 PM ET

It's a Joe Torre EXLCUSIVE!  The whole sports world is talking about the explosive allegations in the former Yankees' manager's new book, "The Yankee Years,"3025458ES_D016495040 and tonight Joe talks to Larry first.

He's now managing the LA Dodgers, and in his new book  claims Yankees players called A-Rod, "A-Fraud."  And wait till you hear what he has to say about George Steinbrenner and Yankee pitcher David Wells!

He's talking to Larry BEFORE the book comes out on Monday!

Has Joe violated the sacred trust between manager and player?   Will YOU read his book?

Filed under: Larry King Live

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Ryan in Minnesota   January 30th, 2009 2:58 pm ET

Joe, do you think the Yankees could EVER spend too much? And do you think your old Yankee teams lived up to the salaries they received?

Moncala   January 30th, 2009 6:36 pm ET

I am a life long Yankee fan. After you so much success and rewards, don't you think that it is a bit tackie to burn you bridges now? Just make sure you leave my Dereck Jeeter alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS, I still love you.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 30th, 2009 7:11 pm ET

Book Selling 101,

No one would buy another boring baseball autobiography, it has to have some pizazz!

Pro Ball has become all about the money like all pro sports has, so it doesnt surprise me to see this.

Thank goodness for college sports!! See the guys before agents and money corrupt them!!

Funny how all these new ball parks have been named for some Big Bank and Corporate America. Sad!!

Money , Money!! So I figure Ill be able to buy Torre's book at the Dollar Tree in a year for a buck!!

Ruby Coria LA., CA.   January 30th, 2009 7:27 pm ET

Hi Larry & Joe, I'm just glad the Yankees let Joe go., Joe, we're glad to have you here in LA., but the money that is spent on players & so on is out of this world., what's up with that? what do you guys do with so many millions?. see you tonight Larry.

sarah from tn   January 30th, 2009 7:34 pm ET

he's a good man he's lived an interesting of his sisters is in the convent I think..looking forward to tonight, Larry ! he must be a grandfather many times by now...

joanne from ct   January 30th, 2009 7:36 pm ET

he's a good man lived an interesting of his sisters is in the convent I think..he must be a grandpa many times by now....will tune in Larry ....

ANTHONY   January 30th, 2009 8:33 pm ET

Joe why did you write your book at this time instead of waiting until you

Conner   January 30th, 2009 8:55 pm ET

Joe, seeing you is like seeing an uncle I'm not supposed to talk to anymore because he divorced my aunt. I'm confused. And sad.

hugh ~ california   January 30th, 2009 8:59 pm ET

What gain do you get from writing a book with such provocative subject matter, especially since you have been quoted years earlier how proud you were of your Yankee team? What made you change your mind?

I've always have a soft spot in my heart for the Yankees, who are without a doubt the greatest of all baseball teams. Do you agree? So many legends of the game played at "the House that Ruth Built."

Lisa   January 30th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Thanks Joe
Your the best thing that ever happened to the yankees. and now I'm a dodgers fan because of you. And its about time someone told the truth about Alex

Andy Lenart   January 30th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I don't feel bad about you making money off your history, but whatever happened to the old rule," what happens in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse"? Jim Bouton was just about blackballed from the game for writing"Ball Four".

Dianne Kraemer   January 30th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

I love Joe Torre and have been a lifelong Yankee fan. I can't tell you how saddened I am that Torre decided to write this book at this point in his life. To write this and discuss players while you are an active manager is just wrong.

Why the need to do it? I hope that the money he makes from the book is enough for him, because I think it has destroyed his reputation and that you can't get back.

Dustin Paulik   January 30th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

What’s the book for? I don’t understand why Joe Torre needs to prove himself over and over again. I would think 11 years with the Yankees would be enough for a book about baseball instead of everything about the politics of the organization. And I don’t understand why A-Rod is a fraud.

ted   January 30th, 2009 9:08 pm ET

if the years, especially the last ones, were so bad and unbearable then why did he stay in NY so long. there were no chains tying him down.

Sean Mansfield   January 30th, 2009 9:10 pm ET

This is a tough question..... You have to know that writing this book will now impact your charity safe at home since it is a yankees charity. Players wont show up and people will all see it now as an artificial friendship if they do and not donate. What kind of man would put finanical benefit, the profits from the book, ahead of the interests of children and his charity. Even if there is the slightest chance this would hurt your charity you shouldnt have written the book unless deep down you dont care about the charity.

Lisa   January 30th, 2009 9:11 pm ET


I always said that Cashman should of been gone a log time ago. He has made some very bad decision's on players. So its a wonderful thing that you put him out there. I was very upset when they gave him another contract and I hope they keep losing with him in charge. He made a lot of bad deals this year. Good luck to you and Dodgers. This Yankee fan will be watching and rooting for you. I love the fact that you made it to the playoffs and the Yankees didn't

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

Will the Yankees ever win with a self indulgent player like ARod?

lorenzo   January 30th, 2009 9:16 pm ET

My question is why now and no before torre left ny totell all this .

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:17 pm ET

Who was picking your pitchers? Especially game 4 of the 2007 playoffs?


Do you ever regret batting ARod 8th?

jennifer   January 30th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

Why don't you answer the question about breaking the code???

John agy   January 30th, 2009 9:18 pm ET

I think that Joe's book is the first that I know saying true things about the inside Yankees, that people have always surmised. Steinbrenner has been a tyrant for decades, and his reign has not been all sugar and spice. Some of that goes back to the end of the Negro Leagues.
It seems that people are afraid to speak candidly about the Yankees.

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:19 pm ET

For as weak as you are betrayed, do you feel that you were much stricter than Joe Girardi?

Jaffer   January 30th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Joe- if one of your players came up with a book like this right before the season, expressing similar sentiments about teammates and ex-teammates, would you look favorably on it?

Chandra   January 30th, 2009 9:20 pm ET

Why didn't you pull the team off the field against the Indians with all the bugs!!!

Sarita   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

If it was such a joke in the clubhouse, then why didn't state that in the first place. More importantly what say anything at all.

Ian Bonaparte   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Joe, as a life long Red Sox fan, I just wanted to say that there are people (me) that always respected you, your style of managing, and how you put up with that "tyrant" in the big apple. Glad to see you happy with the Dodgers. Good Luck in L.A.!

Seth   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET


Thank you so much for everything you did in New York. Your professionalism, dedication, and management style is already missed dearly. We still have a Joe, but we don't have THE Joe.

Gerry   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

LETS GO YANKEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Joe. You look great!! We were disappointed you weren't at the closing of Yankee Stadium. Why didn't you participate? You are a main part of history of that stadium!

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

Do you think that Derek Jeter will write a book a year after he leaves the Yankees with the same frankness as you?

What has Derek said to you about the book?

Jerry M New York City   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

What are your thoughts on Sheffield's comments on calling you a racist?

Billybob Toronto   January 30th, 2009 9:21 pm ET

You da man Joe---you go get um!!

Jason Smalling   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Hello, I wanted to know if by saying certain things about players if people might start looking at him like some do pete rose? But instead of gambling on games, hes gambling on words?

ADAM D.   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Joe, I miss you and still wish you were a Yankee. I don't fully believe that the comments made are malicious. I hope you continue to do well in LA. I wish you the best of luck....Also when will you be visiting the New Yankee Stadium?

Mark Sinofsky   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET


Why did Joe write this book now instead of waiting until he was not managing anymore.



Mike   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

As a life long Yankee fan. I am happy Joe came out and said what he did. If you are a true Yankee fan you have had to have called ARod-Choke Rod or A Fraud prior to the book coming out
The 5 minute meeting the Yankee upper Brass showed Joe in his trip to Tampa shows how the lack of respect they had for him.
How does Cashman get a free pass, Joe only played the cards that Cash dealt.

Mark Ramirez   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Go Phillies !

Justin   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I'm a huge fan and was devastated to see you leave the Yankees. What do you miss most about your 11 years with that team?

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

What do you see as the future for the Yankees under the new management?

Gerry   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Great question Chandra....I still wonder why you didnt do that

Eric   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

I don't understand how you could write a book revealing details of what went on in the Yankee clubhouse, when you once said "sharing things that go on in the clubhouse is like sharing things that go on at your dinner table in your house. There are certain things you don't share with other people." Isn't that hypocritical of you?

varun   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Larry ,

I think Joe will make a very good president of the United States of America . Will he consider running for presidency

Leslie Ciruna   January 30th, 2009 9:22 pm ET

Joe, We still love you! We're both not in NYC anymore and it's sad. The Yankees just aren't quite the same without their anchor. I am so happy to have an insider's ear to the goings-on inside the Yankee empire, especially from your years. Thank you for giving us this new book!

Leslie Ciruna

Gaby   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Joe, you broke my heart...I think your comments lack class and you lost a lot of people's love and respect.

Mickey Mantle Fortin   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Dear Joe,

You epitomize what the Yankees stand for "class" and "sportsmanship". Thanks for your many years of dedicated Yankee service

Mickey Mantle Fortin

Andrea, NY   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I think you are one of the greatest managers the yankees and baseball has ever had. Just one question: What has been the highlight of your career as in favorite yankee moment?

There will always be a place for you in NY!

Do you and George S. still talk? dont answer that if you dont want to. 😀

Bethany   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

If you love baseball. You love Joe Torre.

Disgusted with Torre   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Torre, how does it feel like to be a hypocrite?

Jay   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Joe, what happened to the code of the clubhouse? shouldn't things that happened in the clubhouse or with the team, stay with the team...especially since you're still coaching and some of the guys you talk about are still playing?

varun   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Larry ,

I think Joe will make a very good president of the United States of America . Will he consider running for presidency ?

Donnie Edgar   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Joe, what would you say is the major difference in the Atlanta Brave's organization during your tenure and Bobby Cox's tenure?
Thank You.

John   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Well when Joe first came to NY the headlines said :

Say it ain't So

12 great years 12 years of playoffs, we thank you

If there is bad stuff in the book Say it aint so lol

see you in ridgewood nex t week

Marianne   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Joe, This is bad, Joe. It's like finding out Santa Claus is the fat drunk guy down the street. p.s. still love you

Jean M   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I am disappointed in Joe. He sold out the team and is now trying to back peddle on LKL. His ego never thought the fans would lose this kind of respect for him.

Ed   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Joe, I think many of us fans hoped that you would eventually return to us just as Billy Martin did. I hope this book didn't hasn't ended all hope.

ellie cade   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Would you ever come back to NY to coach the Yankees??

Patrick Cronin   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET


Let's not forget the Cardinals. Your best season as a player and a fine manager, later, to boot.

Thanks for the memories...


John T.   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Joe, why this book now? Still angry at the Steinbrenner's and taking a shot just before spring training? The game is bigger that it's players or managers. Check your ego at the door and be thankful you had the opportunity you were given 13 years ago. A sad ending to what should have been a great memory in Yankee history. You blew it.

Gary Sampson   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET


Huge Huge Yankee fan but I'm scratching my head why you wrote this book now. It couldn't be about the money. My question is: You make this comment about A-Rod being called A-Fraud but why won't you name the players that called him that. Why hide behind anomyous players ??

Alex   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

Dear Joe & Larry,

I'm a life-long, diehard Yankee fan – and I'm watching you from Bangkok, Thailand. I don't have a problem with Joe telling his story – I think it needed to be told. I've always said that the Yanks changed after 2001, losing so many of their core players and replacing them with big names. Go for it, Joe. Can't wait to read the book.

If you're ever in Bangkok, let me know!

P.S. GO YANKS 2009!!!

Laura Gimenez   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET

I'm a 48 yr old female from the Bay Area and an avid Oakland A's fan! I LOVE JOe Torre and all that he has accomplished in life! I can't wait to read his book. It sounds juicy, informative and I look forward to the honestly portrayed in it.

Rosemarie   January 30th, 2009 9:23 pm ET


When your tenure with the Dodgers is up, would you consider coming back to the Yankees? We miss you in the dugout! It's not the same without you.

Jay   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET


You've talked about A-Rod not always delivering under pressure. Who was the most consistent player or the player that you felt always came through for you?

Tom Mudry   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Red Sox fan here. Will never forget how Joe Torre supported the Jimmy Fund. He's the only Yankee I ever liked besides Yogi.

Sarah   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET


do you think any of this is really your fault ? or is it the New York media blowing you and Verducci's book out of proportion ?

Louise Duke   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I'm a 62-year Dodger fan used to listen to games on the radio before they moved to LA. I am thrilled to have Joe Torre managing my Dodgers!!!!!!

Rob Grower   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Joe Torre is a class act that should still be wearing a Yankee Cap and leading the Yankees. How can you fault his honesty and candor. He is simply telling it like it is. Joe we miss you

Brian   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

It's interesting how Mr. Torre had disgusting records managing the Mets, Braves, and Cardinals and only found success when he came to New York. Now, he disgraces the man that brought him to town, and sells out the players that worked hard to win championships for the Yankees.

Dan   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I wonder if George Steinbrenner wanted some controversy like he did during the Billy Martin days.

Gary   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

OH yeah sorry i forgot do you think quantrill,sturtz,proctor will write a book how Joe Torre ruined my arms. Why would you ever bat arod 8th is the best question.

varun   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Larry ,

I think Joe will make a very good President , would he consider running for the next president of the United States Of america

emforty   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

I am a hardcore Red Sox fan, but I have to admit I always liked your management skills. Has it ever crossed your mind to work for the Red Sox and work with "Tito" (Terry Francona)?? We would love to have you here in Bean Town!!!!!!

jesse Torres   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Joe I wear my Yankee # 6 with pride in your honor. Write like you manage. Your Way always works!!!!!!!

Maggie   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Hi Joe,

I have been a fan since you started as a manager for the yankees. I am going to buy your book. We miss you in New York, hope that someday you'll come back.


Jan Bottone   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

So Joe, what motivated you to agree to do this? Money? And/or a grudge that just won't die? I've read before that you don't think that the Yankees organization ever really respected you fully, so is this your attempt to get back at the Steinbrenners and Randy Levine and Cash? Joe, this is really disappointing to this lifelong Yankees fan. Can't wait to see how you fare in NYC when you visit next week. Good luck to you and your family!

Mike   January 30th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Does your book discuss Roger Clemmens and what are you thoughts about one of the best pitchers of all time.


bill o'reilly (iReporter)   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I see Joe's tell-all and screw-the-yankees book as a Brooklyn throwback–don't forget, Joe's wearing the Dodger blue and this shocker is aimed at the Bronx–you've gotta see this in historical perspective–and, this should take some of the onus off Joe Torre.

Jason   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Why write this book now? You're still a major league manager and you've had to have known that some of the things written would have raised a few eyebrows. Why not wait until your out of the game?

ignacio (from chile)   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

it's so good to see you joe away from that yankee "twisted" world... it seems that you are now more laid back...
you already talk about manny...
¿what do you think of the red sox looking from the national league now? and ¿what do you think of the red sox-yankee rivalry?

Dejon   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET


You always tell all of your teams that what is said in the clubhouse stays in the clubhouse. Why should you determine what should be in print and what should not. Isn't that a catch 22??

Jeff   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET


If you are invited to any functions at the New Yankee stadium in the future, will you attend?

Good luck with the Dodgers in '09



Kurt Francis   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

I always said that I wouldn't mind drinking a beer with Joe Torre but I would never do it now because you disrespected the game by breaking the cardinal rule of baseball.What goes on in the locker room stays in the locker room.
The Yankees offered you $5million to stay,but you showed your greedy side.I wish my job would offer that to me.Do you think the Dodger fans will trust you now?? I don't

Bill   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Who cares about baseball and the overpaid spoiled brats that play it. The players make so much money, they could end world hunger and pay off the national debt. Baseball is for the uneducated low class. Many of the players aren't even athletes and are fat and can't run. Why don't you have real athletes on the show such as tennis players.

John Ochia   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

If you want to know what is inside the book, read it for yourself. Many people are reacting negatively without reading the book.

Patrick Cronin   January 30th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

Additionally, what are your thoughts on Guzzie Busch as it relates to baseball?

Brian Reel   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I was never a Yankee Fan, Im a Brave fan. My Son Ben is a college baseball coach and we grew up watching and rooting for the Braves. But I regard you as one of the finest professional baseball coaches of all time and I do respect you. We can't wait to read the book!

I can only imagine what it took to harness so many talented athlete's
on the same team, at the same time, Hat's off to you. NY lost a great one, Joe......

Records do not lie, the run you and the Yankees had might never be broken.

Brian K. Reel
Dillsboro, IN

Mike   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I wanna know if this book was motivated by money. The Yankees offered a one year 5 million contract. Which was a pay cut Torre did not want to take. This book is based on the Yankees and Torre will not be shareing the revenue with them. He is makeing his money back, that's what it comes down to.

Dustin Paulik   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Mr. Torre,

Would you ever go back to the Yankees if the opportunity existed again? If so, what would you do differently for the future from the past?

Ed Driscoll   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I always admired Joe. I looked up to him as if he was above most of the insanity that can surround the NY Yankees. I have lost respect for him and will never view him with the same reverence. He severely tarnished his image and legacy. It simply just appears to be sour grapes and opportunistic

Dick Davis   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Joe Joe.. Explain the difference in the enviroment from working under steinbrenner compared to Murdoch & Colletti?
Dick Davis Los Angeles, Ca

Mike   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I'm a lifelong Yankee fan, and have to admit I have struggled with the Yankees approach since 2001 where they have brought in all these primadonnas. We won with role players, pitching and character in the 90's not overpriced talent. Would you agree that many of these players faultered in NY because they finally got their big paydays and didn't care anymore?

Tom   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Joe, it's great to see you do an interview like this and write a book. I'm a lifelong Red Sox fan and I have spent many nights upset with the Yankees. But this helps put it all in perspective and really appreciate the great personnel on the other side. You're a great manager and best of luck in the future. (PS you can keep Manny)

Nic   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Joe, I grew up watching you, Derek, Paul, Mo, and Bernie win year after year, Yankees were baseball to me. I shed a tear watching you leave but all good things must come to an end. You're an amazing leader and person, you will be forever missed by this Yankee fan.

James W   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Mr Torrie
I'm a Yankee lifer since 1976. I'm 39 and I'm very greatful for all of the things that you did for NY. I'm glad that you aired out your feelings about everything. At some time, you had to get that burden off of your shoulders. I hope that you're enjoying LA, I know that I would

Chris   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Hey had things to say about A-Rod, Wells, Brown and others...but nothing negative about a majority of your team doing steroids? How come this was never mentioned or made headlines?

olusegun   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

Do think telling the story is the motive or money is the motive

Gaby   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

It's sad that you talked down the team and the people that made you a legend in baseball.

Nicholas Schaer   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

I have a question for Joe: Why didn’t you write the book when you were a Yankee? Was it sour grapes, because you were offered a low-ball contract? I bet a lot of true Yankee fans would like to know the answer.

Brian   January 30th, 2009 9:26 pm ET

You should have listened to your wife.

Cary   January 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I wanted to ask Joe his feelings about not helping to open the new stadium.

Susan   January 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I am a life long Yankee fan. I go to spring training every year. No one can say anything bad about Joe Torre to me. I now & have always thought the Steinbrenners are all idiots!!!! It was a slap in face what they did to Joe. All he wanted was a 2nd year on his contract... 1 more freakin year!!!!!! He is the 2nd most winngest manager in Yankee history... and he doesn't deserve that??!!!!!! They should be ashamed of themselves. I love Joe & miss him terribly.
Susan from Connecticut

jose   January 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

did you favor any players in the clubhouse?? If so, why didnt you treat everyone the same? Is that what team is all about?

swanze, NH

sue   January 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Joe – We love you!! Don't ever change-thanks for exposeing what we already knew about the prima donna Yankee players. Good Luck in LA!!

Red Sox Nation

Marianne   January 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

I don't see anything wrong with Joe writing this book. Sometimes the truth hurts but it needs to be said. If people or the players are offened they should get over it. You are still the best and still a good guy.

John Priani   January 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET


Did being snubbed at the fairwell to Yankee stadium ceremony have any influence on your writing your book?

John from Long Island, NY

Paddy   January 30th, 2009 9:27 pm ET

Just great. The man who was heralded for protecting his players so well is now shooting those same players in the back. This is totally unlike Joe and seems like sour grapes over his NY Departure.

Joe – why leave NY when you could have remained the top paid coach in the MLB – with the possibility of making 2.5 Million more in incentives??

I know another Italian Joe who wouldn't be happy with Torre... Joe DiMaggio. Where is that certain Yankee Class now Mr Torre?

How can Manny Ramirez – a bigger lightning rod than A-Rod- trust Joe to not put him in the next Torre Memoir? How can any of his players trust him now??

PS – Joe, your penalty for all of this drama projected at NY is that Manny leaves the Dodgers and goes on to don the Pin Stripes. How are them big apples??

Jan   January 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Joe, You are the ultimate Yankee legacy, you have not written anything about anyone that is inappropriate. If they feel it is inappropriate, then maybe they should re-evaluate their actions. Keep your head high!

Alice   January 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Joe, you are still #1 in my book. You did the best job with the Yankees and I thank you for your service! I have never been an A-Rod fan and I truly believe that as long as he is a Yankee, the World Series will never be won. Congratulations on your book!
"Yankee" Alice

Glen   January 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Being a Red Sox fan I have always had the utmost respect for Joe Torre. We can appreciate what he has done for the game even though he wore the pinstripes! That being said, I have to wonder what his motivating factor is for writing this book. To me it sounds like a combination of "sour grapes" to the Yankees or he needs the money from the proceeds. As far as I can tell, he doesnt need the money! Do the math...

Kurt Francis   January 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

In the book do you take any personal responsibility for the losing seasons or do you believe it is all the fault of the "diva" players? And, isn't it a managers job to foster a "team" dynamic?

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

do you miss the competitiveness of new york versus la?

Gaby   January 30th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

Don't be surprised if your teammates and the Dodgers organization no longer trust you

Ellis   January 30th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

I met Tommy Lasorda years ago when I was a much younger man. Is he still very involved in the day to day operations of the Dodgers?

chris   January 30th, 2009 9:29 pm ET

Joe we love you and miss you ... there are only 4 real yankees left since your departure .. I guess I can start rooting for the dodgers after jeter .posada. Pettite n rivera hang up their jerseys...

Carol   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I love Joe & Derek....want to hear about their relationship and have they stayed in touch! Thank you.

Don   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Coach Torre,
Will you go back to Yankee stadium when your number is retired?

Ed Marolla   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Joe, does this mean you would never return if asked?

Matt   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I have read 2 of your previous books and can not wait to read this one! Now that both sides seem to have a "grudge" towards each other, I am interested to know if would return to Yankee Stadium if and when the Yankees invited you?

edith clark   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

I think Joe should have waited until he retired from managing a team before writing a tell all book. His LA players must wonder if they may be next. But, I am still a big Joe Torre Fan and cant wait to read his book.

Bob   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Hi Joe miss you and Donny Baseball much wish you both luck Donnie is a true Yankee and what the Yankess are about along with you God Bless

Tim in Toledo, OH   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Hey Joe,

Contracts are spinning out of control these days – and the Yankees once again up the ante with the signing of Sabathia, Texeira, and Burnett this season for close to a quarter of a billion dollars.

Coming from a manager who had the chance to run the team with a the largest payroll in sports, do you think there needs to be a salary cap in baseball?

rpachter   January 30th, 2009 9:30 pm ET

Joe: you called Yankee GM Brian Cashman the other day, according to press reports.

What did you say?

What did he say?

Tara   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Joe, you are great! It was a shame they way they treated you at the yankees. The Dodgers are lucky to have you! GO JOE!

Dick Davis   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Hey Joe Joe..
Is it true that George Steinbrenner, Al Davis, Donald Trump & Vince McMahon are the 4 Horsemen of the Apocolypse?
We love you in Los Angeles Joe
Goooooo Dodgers!

Bruce Vesloski   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

I would like to know if A rod was in the maket to go to a new team would JOE want him?

Frances Mcewan   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

tell joe this is frances huber the girl he went 2 his high school prom with
he never showed me the prom pics because he was mad at me and i sure would like 2 see them before i die.i would also like 2 know about our mutual friends jill and mickey duffy. thanks sure wish i hear from u.

sue montalbano   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Being a former New Yorker, and being a big Met fan we always hated the Yankees, and Steinbrenner, but loved and respected Joe Torre. I think it was disgraceful the way Joe was treated at the closing ceremony of Yankee stadium. I only wish he had been the Mets coach where he would have been treated and repected the way a coach of his caliber should have been treated!! All the best to you Joe!!!!

Jason   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

You've blamed the club house dynamnic changing after 2001 as one of the reasons the team did not have as much success as it had in the prior 5-6 years. Isn't it the manager's job to manage a dynamic change like this and make it work, bring out the best in these players? Shouldn't you take some of the blame?

jennifer   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Anyone who thinks Joe will ever be allowed back at Yankee Stadium has got to be kidding themselves. I hope they give out his number this season. He is a hypocrite! He reamed David Wells for writing his book, yet he does the same! Enjoy life in LA LA Land. Thank you for the four championships, but I could care less about you anymore.

Sarah   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Joe if you don't mind me asking whos fault to you think the fallout really is ?

Bella Vara   January 30th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Joe, You did the right thing. The newspapers take things out of context and it sells papers. They put a spin on it. I love you by the way will you marry me too?

andre chen   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Hi, Joe I am big fan of you in Taiwan. you are really good baseball coach. Thanks for bringing the great history for the Yankees. By the way, thanks for taking care of Wang.

Erica   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Sorry Joe, I used to defend you but no more. You seem like the fraud to me. This is about one of two things: your ego or money. On second thought maybe about both. It seems you are the insecure one not Alex.

Arthur   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

I am a Yankee fan and feel that It is the owner's right to dismiss the manager for whatever reason. However, the WAY Joe Torre was let go was wrong.

As for his book, no big deal. I wish him luck with the long as it isn't against the Yankees.

Donald Kiely   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Mr. Torre do you think as a Manager you broke a unspoken rule by writing this book.

Jan   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Joe, your the ultimate Yankee legacy, the truth hurts some but you have nothing to be ashamed of, you did what you could with what you were dealt. Keep your head up high

Chandra   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

Did you know the NEW YORK Media would disect this book and cause an uproar.

Brian Coady   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET

My neighbor who is a huge Yankee's Fan, I'm a Red Sox fan, said Joe was resentful over not being invited back to the stadium for an Old Timer's game and this is why he wrote the book. Is there any truth to that?

Victor M. from NJ   January 30th, 2009 9:32 pm ET


I am a die-hard Yankee fan and you brought class and grace to the pinstripes as well as championships...what a run!!....after how you were treated, I boycotted the first 3 months of last season and found it fitting that they didnt make the playofffs AND YOU DID!!! I am a fan since 1969 and their obsession to win and get every high-priced player has taken the fun out of the game and spoiled alot of fair-wether fans. Good Luck in everything you do!

Kurt Francis   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

You know you're wrong Joe.When you're done in L.A. are you going to write another book?

Paddy   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Wheat Grass and Screen Plays, huh?? I get it now.

A-Rod is such a pretty boy that he has won 2 MVPs as a Yankee.

Joe – how could you have lost so many chances winning a WSC with guys like Giambi, A-Rod, Jeter, Posada, Matsui and Bernie on your team???

Why not use Mo more than just 1 inning?

Why did you play Sheffield at first during a must win – while Cabrera was in CF??

Where was Joe when Cashman "betrayed" Bernie Williams???

erick paredes   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

joe torre, baseball history will remember you for ever and i think thats a huge acomplishment and you should be proud, one question for you, what does it take to make it in the majors?

Dan   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Joe are you upset at all that your not going to be the manager when New Yankee Stadium opens? I still can't bare to look at you in Dodger blue, pinstripes are much more flattering on you.

kirk nj   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

joe/larry is it not fact that the yankees did better in post season without super players like arod and giambi in joes 12 years there?

Sandy A... in NYC   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Nothing written crossed the Line of respect. In 12 years Torre was always the gentleman. The Door was slammed on him not by him. Thanks for everything in NY.

Linda   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I don't see my comment on the blog anymore. What is wrong with calling the commissioner a trained monkey for the owners? What is Joe Torre's relationship with him?

Wendel from Ohio   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I would like to see Joe come to Cincinnati and give this town a winning team again. I remember the Big Red Machine back in the 70's and Sparky Anderson moving to Detroit to give them a championship. I see a lot of Sparky in Joe.

kristarita   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I always loved to hate the Yankees, but Joe Torre, you are a class act. All my best at making lots of dough from your book! Come on over to the Cubs when Lou retires....put the best fans in baseball on your bucket list!

Phil   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Joe brought class back to the Dodgers. They should have no issues with whatever he does that doesn't have to do with LA.

Corie Doane   January 30th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Joe I am a life long Yankee fan and your 12 years were the best. I love ya and I don't think they treated you right. Would you ever come back and do you stay in touch with Jeter,Pettite,Posada the guys that came up under you?

Gary   January 30th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Hey Joe how does it feel to not be sleeping for this long?? I hope you enjoy your green tea out in LA and hope to see you in the world series so we can beat your brains in.

barry o   January 30th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

why don't you guys post my comments????????????/

Mark Zurzola   January 30th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

you talk about the championship teams of the 90's and how they had chemistry and role players, do you think the current yankees can get back to winning championships with their approach of having a bunch of high paid superstars with big ego's?

I don't see it happening without players of the like of Tino, Brosius and O'neil.

from a big yankee fan who'd rather see young players develop through the farm system and have the desire and heart to compete for a wolrd series.

Amanda Dallara   January 30th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I don't see a point for this book other than the fact that it makes the Yankees look bad and Torre look like a sore loser. Baseball fans already know that Steinbrenner's a tyrant and A-rod's a drama queen. This book is only contributing negative energy to an amazing baseball team. Willie Randolph would never stoop this low!

William from DC   January 30th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

Joe, I'm sure you played baseball all your life. Do the petulant politics of little league baseball ever change once you get to the big leagues? Meaning do players still fight about who bats 3rd in the order?

bob meyers   January 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

circa 1954, Marine Park in Brooklyn

When Joe and the 14 year olds needed more players on sandlot, they let the 10 year olds play

Even then Joe was the kindest most engaging young man with the maturity of a person many years older

As other teenagers Joe's age terrorized the younger kids in the neighborhood, Joe was humble, pleasant and the type who made everyone feel welcome and comfortable, a real mensch

Phil Mazzone   January 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Do you think the core players from the championship years
recent new high priced players coming in.

Maria   January 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Joe: I am a long time devoted Yankee fan and a 12 year Torre fan but you have let me down by writing this book. New York was yours for the asking and they took you in and embraced you for 12 years. This was not the Joe Torre we all knew and loved or is this really the real you and we were just love struck Yankees.

Dick Davis Los Angeles, Ca   January 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

Hey Joe Joe..
What Kind of Coffee do you Drink?

Nom Ruhland   January 30th, 2009 9:35 pm ET

What does Joe think that's in his chemistry that makes him a winner where ever he goes, especially handling all the egos?

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

do you think that this book will change your Yankee legacy?

Bobby From Yonkers   January 30th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Joe, Why are you diminishing the legacy of the team that made you into a hall of fame manager by writing this book and talking about guys that are still playing? We all know that you do not need the money, so what is it?

Michele   January 30th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Seems like Joe is down playing everything he wrote in the book. He got paid to write it.......took the money, now claims that most if it isn't true? I'm going to keep my $29

Kurt Francis   January 30th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Joe, ever think of going to Broadway? You're tap dancing around all the crucial questions. The played is called DamnYankees!!!!

Charlotte   January 30th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I've followed the Yankees since the mid-' me, you will always stand out as one of the good guys—a compliment to one who faithfully followed the Stengel era...I love your coaching style and the class you displayed while in a Yankee uniform. I'll read the book. I appreciate candid, "behind-the-scenes" accounts.

I was at Yankee Stadium last August for one of the final games...didn't seem the same without Joe....I enjoyed 2 meals at at Mickey Mantle's Restaurant while in NYC. Wish I were there tonight with all of you!

Thanks, Larry-Great show. Go, Joe. Go Yankees!

Bella Vara   January 30th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

Joe you are the best. We wish you could come back. although I love the Yankees I don't think all the money they pay for players will buy them a championship. Hey, you won without any superstar names.

Lou Gehrig   January 30th, 2009 9:37 pm ET

I talk to alot of long time Yankee fans who said that you lost some of your classiness because of this book. What do you think?

Chandra   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

after 2001, besides the great players retiring, what else changed for you

Lori   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Since 1996, we began to expect the Yankees to win all the time. As a diehard, 2001 was disappointing, 2004 was the one that hurt, and many blamed you. Being the manager of a team on the biggest stage in sports, how did you deal with the love and hate from the fans, because as you know we don't hold anything back.

Tim Sweeney   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

What is wrong with Joe Torre's last Contract with the Yankees. Most Companies work with Incentives or Bonus money if you make yor mark. My question is ;The Yankees rewarded you when you won with the biggest contract ever for a Manager. When the Yankees didn't win why wouldn't you take responsibility and work with the Yankees with a different type contract. They rewared you in good times but you would not accept ownership in bad times.

Dick Davis Los Angeles, Ca   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Hey Joe Joe,
Los Angeles should have a grassroots minor league baseball program

Lisa Swensen   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Listening to you comment on your book confirms what a class act you really are. I don't care who you are or how famous you are, everyone looks for comfort, love, and honesty. I believe you were able to provide that for many of the high profile athletes that perform and represent the Yankees. You're the type of man that people look up to and want that much needed nod of approval.

Charlotte   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

p.s.–the e-mail from Charlotte is from Indiana.

Nathan K., Mifflinburg PA   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Larry and Joe,

I realize you have already talked about A-Rod, but one thing that was not touched on was the "single white female" comment concerning A-Rod and Jeter. This has been a hot topic with the NY tabloids and I would like to understand where this came from.

anthony ausiello   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

For Joe,

Didn't your past Yankee contracts also have incentives built in. If so, why agree to those but complain about the ones in the final contract you turned down? Thank you.

Georgi   January 30th, 2009 9:38 pm ET

Do you miss managing in NY? Can you give your thoughts on Joba in the pen vs starting rotation?

No offense, but you look silly in a Dodgers uniform.. Not sure I'll ever get used to that!

Hope to see you again... in October.. NY vs LA!!

Tim Flynn   January 30th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

A health question for Mr. Torre,

As an admirer of Joe Torre as a big league catcher when I was learning the trade as a high schooler, I wonder if any residual musculoskeletal effect's remain. Sore knee's, etc.
Secondly, although I know Stan the trainer is very good, would you advise anything in particular for a young one?


Dick Davis Los Angeles, Ca   January 30th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Yeah Larry!! Looking Good with that Dodger Mug!
Sssooooooo Cccoooooolllllll LARRY!

Bob Yorzinski   January 30th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Joe –

Why did you do this book now and not after you retire from baseball?

Gerardo Gomez   January 30th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Joe even thought people belive that u betraded the yankees you still do work for me u are, one hell of a man.

P.S Larry we love your show and you will go down in CNN history.
like the cup

Chandra   January 30th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

Will you go to the Hall of Fame as an Yankee?

Bill Hutchins Jr   January 30th, 2009 9:40 pm ET

There seems to be some confusion. The lead in and hype for the show is how explosive this book is, listening to Joe Torre it sounds more like he wrote about the Love Boat. Everyone is great, nice guys good friends. I'm losing interest.

Gary   January 30th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Come on you got to read at least one of my questions on air, Please Joe answer them.

Georgi   January 30th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

Does your book address Andy leaving to go to Houston?

ARTIE   January 30th, 2009 9:41 pm ET


Corinne Driscoll   January 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

I am really curious, because everything Joe is saying tonight totally contradicts what has been in the papers so far. I have reserved judgment because I haven't been able to read the book yet, but what the heck is going on? It sounds like two completely different books.

Jan Bottone   January 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Joe, does this book involve any introspective soul-searching on your part, in particular a little self-analysis about your own missteps during the years after 2000? So far all I'm hearing about is others' mistakes and foibles. Thanks.

Jean M   January 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Joe...without the Yankees you would have a losing managerial record right now. You won because you were handed a great team that managed themselves. How un- greatful you are to turn on them just for the greed of money. I have no respect for you. Turncoat,,,,is this a way for you to get the money you wanted to manage the team. How much money do you need???

Kristy   January 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Hi Joe,

It hurts me to see you go through so much harsh criticism. You gave us the most wonderful moments and helped us cope through a tragedy and continue to love our city. Joe you are a NEW YORK TREASURE. The Yankee Organization did not treat you fairly in the end and since you left the team nothing has been the same. I will continue to cheer for you wherever you go.

Michael & Patricia   January 30th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

We think that you (Joe Torre) did the best job that anybody could have done given the circumstances & the pressure that surrounded the Yankee Organization. As Yankee fans and fellow Brooklynittes we APPLAUD YOU ! ! ! ! ! !

Larry Koughan   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Joe, I have great respect for you and what you have done for baseball and the Yankees. My question and comment is based on your legacy with the Yankees did you feel slighted on not being involved in the last day celebrations at closing day at Yankee Stadium? I know I was expecting you there> Thanks

Kurt Francis   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Hey Joe, if you had won a World Series in the last eight years your job status would not have ever been an issue. How about taking some responsibility?

Dan NYC   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Joe, please wear a yankee hat on your hall of fame cap

jennifer   January 30th, 2009 9:43 pm ET

I think Joe should be a boxer, he is doing a good job of dodging questions.

Robert Donahue   January 30th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Hey Joe.

Got a question here..

What do you think of the job Joe Girardi is doing? And if you could give some words of wisdom, what would they be?

Bill Fullen   January 30th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Casey and Joe – The best from this Brooklyb Dodger Fan

Sarah   January 30th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Joe do you want Wolf or Looper to sign with LA or does it matter ?

nav   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

hey joe if you could turn back the hands in time what would you do differently as the yankee manager?

Ed Abdallah   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Did you send a copy of the book to any of your ex players and what were their thoughts?

jennifer   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Lou- I totally agree!

Alvino   January 30th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Has Joe Torre ever considered trying to pick up Ken Griffey Jr to wear Dodger Blue

Donna   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

It is refreshing to have a manager write a book about the REAL stories, behind the scenes.
I am looking forward to reading the book.
Thank you!

Debbie Silverman   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET


I am one of your biggest fans! I follow you, not the teams, so when you went to LA, I followed you there & am rooting for the Dodgers! How did it feel to be in the playoffs in LA when the Yankees didn't even come close last yr.??

Andy Donegan   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Baseball is very fickle sport, would Joe every come back to the NY Yankess if offered the job to manged again?

Deborah   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Dear Joe: We love you and miss you. The Steinbrenner family has no respect or sense of loyalty. Good luck in LA!

Joe   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How does Mr. Torre feel about the Yankees not recognizing him during the ceremonies of the last game at Yankee Stadium?

Mike   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

How can you Joe betray Mr. Steinbrenner, and call him a tyrant when he relentlessly supported you and gave you the chance to win 4 World Series. Also, you were part of the greatest franchise in sports! You were great once Joe!

Rich f   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

When will you allow a real comment from a real Yankee fan. Joe changed our view of him forever. We will always love THE YANKEES

Ryan   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Are you happy to be far away form Boston? Would you like to come back to Boston with the Dodgers?

dave   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

does Joe torre feel slighted for not being apart of the last day at yankee stadium? being he and mattingly were obviously not even shown on the video board montage.

Jim Sotzing   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Joe, why wasn't Bernie Williams asked back? He was the spirit of the Yanks?

Joe G, NJ   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

MR.T will always be my #1 and yes i think he will be back, and stop with all the commercials larry!!!

Jack Mehl   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET


Why now? Doing a tell all book so close to leaving the Yankees makes it seem as though you have an ax to grind>

Patti Murphy   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Huge Red Sox fan here, and would love to know your thoughts on the 2004 division championship against the Sox. (Yankees were up 3 games, and the Red Sox came back to win it.)

Mike Champion   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

I have been curious about this for a long time. Since no one watches baseball on tv anymore and no one attends the games where do you get the big money to pay these guys that no one has ever heard of?

edward   January 30th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Hi Mr Torre,

I just want to say you are a class act.

Just watching you on Larry King tonight brings back all those yankee memories.

I sure miss you.

All the best this year to you and your family!

Joe   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Joe, this past year the dodgers record improved by two wins over what they had done the year before under grady little. Grady did not get as good pitching or have manny to carry the team for him; Would you consider last season a success?

Marie Mersereau   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I love the game of baseball. I am a true blue Red Sox fan, so you know the Yankees are not my second favorite team. However, I have such respect for you and the contributions you have made to the game of baseball and I want to wish you luck. Incidentally, being a Red Sox fan, I have seen both sides of Manny being Manny – good luck with that!
Go Sox.

Wendel from Ohio   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I keep seeing the comments about Joe's abusive childhood. Is that included in the book?

Tom   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am a Met fan but i like Joe Torre a former Met he had such an impact on the Yankees he led them to greatness Joe Girardi good catcher nice guy not great manager Joe you got the guts to simply tell it how it is i look foward to reading your book

Dylan   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Hello Joe,

Which must respect for you joe, What were your ideas on when you , in the playoffs were winning the series 3-0 in 2004 to the Red sox, and ended up losing 4-3. What was the clubhouse like after the series ended?

Thank you..

Kevin pandoli   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Do you miss the yankee & red sox riveraly? What where you thoughs on the great come back?

jeter lover   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Joe, if you were still with the Yankees would you have come out with this book? We miss you at the Yankees games.

Kurt Francis   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I hear ya the REAL blogs not this touch and go stuff

jennifer   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Deborah- No respect for loyalty? Who exactly wrote a book breaking the code? And he managed 12 years. Give me a break.

Lori   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Just wanted to say that I have the utmost respect for Joe. I hated to see him leave the Yankees, but I understand why he did. I don't think Joe betrayed the organization – they betrayed him. Thanks for all the wonderful years and memories you gave us in NY!!

Meg Reilly   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

The scroll on the bottom of the screen, along with the blurb on your web page, belie the reasoned, in-depth, complete story coming from Joe Torre's mouth. Steinbrenner a tyrant? Joe said himself that the Boss would like what he said. A-Rod took all the attention? Not exactly, according to Joe. And so it goes. You try to incite emotional responses, get people to take sides for or against Joe and when I listen to him speak, it's clear that he's a hard-working, reasonable, committed man who took a famous team of stars to championship after championship. All the "hoopla" is typical media distraction. Keep up the good work Joe, wherever you go and what ever you do. It's a pleasure to hear your story. The Yankees and their management wouldn't have gotten there without you. My husband and I will both buy and read your book.

Michael Mo.   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

Joe was not a traitor to the yankees. How much more could you ask for from a manager with what Joe has done. Had the Yankee brass had the guts they would have given him the 2 year contract and let him do what he does best. Last time I checked Joe Torre wasnt the one who signed Carl Pavano and Jaret Wright and Jason Giambi and any other washed up over prized and over hyped free agent. Look at GM that is where the Yankees problem begins and ends

Eleanor   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

I am a Canadian and Jays fan but I always loved and respected Joe Torre as the coach of the yankees.his stature just came across as a man who should be respected and I think that alone says a lot about him
I am going to be sure and read his book
as far as I am concerned if you cant accept criticism in a book as an individual you are not a very mature person
Best of luck Joe
I loved watching the Jay , Yankee games

michael palmiero   January 30th, 2009 9:48 pm ET


how do you personally rank the yankees pitching staff for 09.
new york misses you mr. torre!

Dan   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Hey Joe - are you headed to the St. Francis Prep reunion in Palm Beach Gardens? I'm a '61 grad and would really love to see you there!

Sue NY   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I have been a lifelong Yankee fan and have lived through the lean years, the Billy Martin Bronx Zoo years, and the 12 Torre years.

Joe Torre may not have been the best manager the Yankees ever had but he was the classiest.

Writing this book, has tarnished my image of him.

Sorry Joe, not very classy

Tracy   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Have you talked to Derek Jeter lately?

Anthony   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

GOOD FOR YOU JOE!!! However, putting the book out while you are still working, only reminds me of a guy that got dumped and is talking about the girl that dumped him, even though he is dating someone else. YOu hjust seem bitter.

Lance   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET


Given the disparity in markets, do you think you could have done what Joe Maddon did in Tampa Bay with the Rays?

Rennie Celestin   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

If the YANKEES’ had a newowner and the new owner wanted you back would you accept the job ?

Mary Ellen   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

I was just wondering why Joe doesn't wait until he retires before he wrote the book. Just becuase he is still working and its a long baseball season.

Shep   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

with planning on retiring and leaving with such a great legacy in new york, what was the driving reason in deciding to come back for the dodgers? and would you have came for any team?

Dustin   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Ninth inning with winning runs in scoring position for the Yankees and a base open, do you pitch to ARod?

Miranda   January 30th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

Did you feel slighted when you weren't mentioned at the last home game at Yankee Stadium?

Nick Giovanni   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Joe, although you leaving the Yankees crushed me, I am glad to have had you manage the Yankees for those 12 years. You are a great manager and man and I really want to thank you for all those great memories through those years.

Mark in Springfield, Illinois   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Dear Joe,

Please describe what it was like to witness the pinch-hit home run hit by Matt Stairs in the National League Championship series, the enormity of the shot, and how this changed the course of events in the series.

Thank you.

Georgi   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Did you speak to Girardi at all last year to offer any advice?
Did you tell Jeter or any of the other players that you were writing this book prior to the public announcement?

Angelo Reyes   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Joe is a revered figure in NY, but so many people are angry and feel that he betrayed a trust – not only between team and players and coaches but between manager and city and fans. How does he feel about this?

John Catanzaro   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Joe you were the best all 12 years i have been a season ticket holder for 26 years and have seen good and bad and i understand your reasons for writeing this book and i respect you for that.

Tim in Toledo, OH   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Jean M said –
"Joe…without the Yankees you would have a losing managerial record right now. You won because you were handed a great team that managed themselves."

Are you kidding me Jean? The great team's of the 90's that he won with had a lot of home-grown talent on them. The Yankees of the 2000's have been the "best that money can buy", but yet they haven't won. Ironic? I think so.

Ismat   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Larry King,

I just heard on your show Joe should run for presidency , I think Joe would make a better president than OBAMA

Bruce Vesloski   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Joe will bring a world series to LA he is a GREAT manager

keith   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

Joe, as a baseball fan, I have always hated the Yankees like most people. But as a true baseball fan I am, the Yankees were hated because you were winners. My hat is off to you and keep up the good work

Karen Werthwein   January 30th, 2009 9:50 pm ET

You and the Yankees were part of New York moving on after the 9/11 attacks...especially after Yankee stadium served as the host for the remembrance event. How were you able to rally the team and the entire nation?

Justin Lepitzki   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET


I'm a huge Yankees fan and I just wanted to say that I think not keeping Joe Torre was one of the dumbest things Yankee management could do. Sorry to see you leave Joe, you will always be the Yankee's number one manager to me! We had some great years! Thanks for everything Joe and good luck in LA!

Justin Lepitzki

Dan Scavino   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I have known Joe for many years. Him and his wife Ali are the best!What Joe does on and off the field is unreal!!!

I have met hundreds of celebs, athletes, actors, VIP’s, etc, etc….and Joe is right at the TOP – HE IS A CLASS ACT, and is a not only a great manager on the field – but a GREAT person, leader, and family man, with his wonderful family!

He will go down as one of the greatest!! His charity is unreal too – something him and Ali have put their hearts into. Hats off to ya Joe – your the best – on and off the field!!!!!!

Tim   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

This book is all about "EGO" Joe's ego! The book was written at the the expense of the Yankee players. If it was not for Stenbrenner he would never have been a "HALL of FAME" manager. Look at his previous teams. He owes alot to the Yankees. He has made fame and money all because of George!

Michele M   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I think Joe Torre is awesome and I miss him in NY and I wish him well and I can't wait to read his book.
I am an avid Yankees's fan and my opinon won't change of him even after this book.
Good Luck Joe!!!!!

Emily   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hi Joe! I just want to let you know I am really excited to read the book and I am a Yankee fan from Los Angeles, but will always be a Yankee fan and a fan of yours wherever you manage! Thanks for so many memories!

Nestor   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Dear Mr Torre,
If you can describe your book as a pitch,
What would it be? Curveball, change up, fastball?

PJJB   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

How did Mr. Torre fell about not being asked to attend the last Yankee Stadium festivities??

Mark Acierno   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

I'm a lifelong yankee fan and all that I hear about the book is the negative – from your talk with Larry tonite, it seems like there is gonna be alot of positive as well in this book. Why does the media try so hard to bring out the bad, do they get a cut of the proceeds?
Still love ya' Joe and can't wait to see the Yankkes take the series in 5 over the Dodgers...

Mark in Frederick Maryland

Mike   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

To all of you Yankee fans............Joe Torre is our manager now so get over it. If the McCourt's don't keep him for a long while they should consider selling the Dodgers. Joe has brought a true desire to win to the Dodgers! See us in the World Series next season!

Damaris Ramos   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

Hi Joe!


Sylvia Herrera   January 30th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

There is no reason for you Joe to come out with that book. "What stays in the locker room stays in the locker room".. We miss u Joe the yankees arent the same without you, no better manager but it must go on hopefully one day you will be back would love for you to be back! we miss u but still broken hearted you went there..

Sil in Corona CA..

Kurt Francis   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

WOW!!! Joe's kissing ARods butt..what will Jeter think now?

Lisa   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

oh Joe

How could you say Alex is the best player. When Jeter is way better then Alex. And he has the rings to prove it.
But I still love you

ANGELO   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET


Ray   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

I am a big Yankee Fan and I think that Joe Torre is a class act and if the owners had left someone who knows baseball run the show the Yankees will have had been even more successful. The dodgers made a great move in getting him Kudos to Joe

Ochieng'   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Joe, I am writing from Africa. I have never even watched a full game of baseball. You seem to have achieved demi-god status in the game and I am thrilled for you. Shame that management didn't understand you well enough to know how to incentivise you. Hope you make millions for yourself with the book and great if you give some to charity.

Steve Brody   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

A-Fraud ?!?!?! More like Joe-Fraud ... I assume S I and Verducci paid more money than the devil for our soul ...

Chris   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

To Joe, (Mr. Torre)
I felt very bad for you that your name was never mentioned at the closing cerermonies at Yankee Staidum

Cliffside Park New Jersey

shawn   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry ,

Everyone in Dupage county Illinois thinks that Joe would be a good president . Would he run for being a president . I think he will be better than OBAMA

jennifer   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Bruce- Your team never would have made the playoffs without Manny last year. And if you were in the AL East, you would have finished behind the Jays.

bob   January 30th, 2009 9:52 pm ET


I understand that you left the Yanks because you wanted a 2 year contract and they only offered you a 1 year for $5 million plus incentives. However, I remember the great Walter Alston managed the Dodgers for 21 straight years and never got more than 1 year contracts. In fact, I believe that Water was the one who asked for the 1 year contracts. Your thoughts?

Bob from New York

brady johnson   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

hey joe dont loose ur lust when u are coaching at the dodgers and ur still good and u fit in the category oldies but goodies <:) gep it up joe

Nathan K.   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I have to agree with a commentator above, I have been reading through the blogs and there are some tough and good questions that have been asked by some bloggers, but you have not to this point read any of the tougher questions suchs as, The effect of the book on his charity in NY, A-Rods SWF obession with Jeter, how does he feel about the number possibly being retired with the yankees?

Please ask some tough questions

matt hendrickson   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I am a die hard Yankee fan since 1976. Their is nothing I enjoy more then watching the Yankees win a World Series. If it came down to the Yankees against the Dodgers in the World Series. I would be rooting for Joe Torre!

Faraz   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

Joe I would vote for you as our next president , will you run for being our next president

michael palmiero   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET


prediction! yanks dodgers world series down to game 7. yanks win with a with a blast from Arod. how about that one skip torre?

Angie Laurens   January 30th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I love the Yankees and was saddened when you left. I don't really root for the Dodgers, I root for Joe Torre!
All the best to you, Joe!

Terri Hemmanning   January 30th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

We in St Louis are very famliar with Joe Torre from his playing and managing days in St Louis. He is a man of honor, integrity, and great character who is an asset to any baseball team. I don't know all that is in Joe's new book, but I know that he has told his story, in an honest, straightforward and candid way. I wish him the best.

Beth   January 30th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Joe Torre – Class Act – It would seem that anyone who has been fortunate enough to be coached by him is a lucky man.

Justin Kabaci   January 30th, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Have you ever played a position on tha field in you r entire career?

Lori   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

ARod is the most gifted athlete you've managed and believe me I love that he's a Yankee, but who was the most clutch player you ever managed?

ANGELO   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


Shari   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Was ARod reprimanded when he tricked a rookie third baseman in Toronto a couple of years ago by yelling "I got it" and the player backed off the catch?

Howard In Fort Lee NJ   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I'm a NY Mets Fan, but regard Joe Torre as a true class act in all of baseball.

I wish that you had enough money to buy out The Steinbrenner Family and own the Yankees.

jasper   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Treated Black players differently? Say it ain't so, Joe

Georgi   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

I was very surprised and sad that the Yankees did not mention you at all during the last game at the stadium. Were you hurt by this?

They should have at least put up some kind of clip... imho!

Sarah   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

Joe do you want Wolf or Looper to sign with LA or does it matter ? or would you prefer to get Sheets ?

Kauê   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


KEN TAYLOR   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

All of these questions and comments sound like they are pre-screened Larry.??

ELLEN   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


michael palmiero   January 30th, 2009 9:55 pm ET


after your done with the dodgers will you manage my softball team?

Chris   January 30th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Oh Please, I'm a big Yankees fan but, even I know that all 12 of those Yankee years weren't graceful. What did everybody expect, everything to be perfect? I say good for him! Its about time. & I as a yankee fan feel more insulted that they snubbed him on the last game at Yankee Stadium. Like I said I'm a Yankee fan but, the upper management doesn't always handle things the best way.

& Lets not talk about Torre being greedy. We've got a whole Yankee line-up with a description beyond the word greedy.

Mary   January 30th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I love the Yankees since the 70's. My favorite player was Thurman Munson and now Jeter. I respect Joe Torre more than any other manger in baseball.
There will always be issues and contriversey for the media to spread and spin. There will always be a Bronx zoo, however, there will be marble in the new building.
God Speed Joe, I will always miss yoiu in pinstripes!
Miss you1

Joanne Y   January 30th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Hi, Joe, I'm a baseball fan from Taiwan and I think it's good for you to tell it all about Yankees! We think you were very important to Chien-Ming Wang when he started to pitch in the Yankees; wish you will take good care of Kuo in the Dogers as well!

Margaret   January 30th, 2009 9:56 pm ET

We are big Yankee fans and we will always miss you. I think everything you have said is true. Steinbrenner is a tyrant and Cashman should have pushed for the two year deal with you.

I just wanted to know your opinion. Don't you think the Yankees should try harder to build their farm system? The run you had beginning in 1996 started w/Jeter who came up through the ranks with most of the other guys. I think it's terrible that the Yankees now seem to buy all their good players. Just my take on it.

Stay well and you'll always be a Yankee to us. Love the Roches'

Zee and Sarah   January 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Do you miss NY because NY surely misses you.

PAT P   January 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Joe you know after this book you will never get your day in yankees stadium you number will not be retired in your name and as a life long yankees fan i feel you sold out your team good luck in la now your a big star

Vic from Port Chester, NY   January 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Mr. Torre – I'm torn. I can't wait to read your book, but I don't know if I should be mad at you or give you a hug. Come back and get your number retired with us. Thanks for everything!!

BILL BOYLAN   January 30th, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Thanks Joe. You were great as a "Buffer" bwt George and rationality.
I have one criticism, you may have used Mariano a bit too often in the 8th, especially vs. Boston.
I know it was tempting to bring in "MO" but I think some hitters had an advantage seeing him for argueably "extra" at bats.

Warmest regards and thanks again,

kieran   January 30th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Everyone forgot how the yanks left him out of the tribute at the last game. He's a class act and if someone has the right to talk it's joe

roy jaramillo   January 30th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Joe, you are still the man to beat in baseball. i am from san antonio,tx and a big fan of the yankees. i respect what you have done and don't let these negative remarks get to you. keep your head've made history twice. winning world series and a home run with the book.
good luck!!!!!

Joseph Sax   January 30th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Mr. Torre
Like Zim you bite the hand that made you as a coach.
You should have been fired after your bad decisions lost the 04 ALCS. One could write a book on your many blunders in the post season. You should be ashamed

Bruce Vesloski   January 30th, 2009 9:59 pm ET

Joe good luck in your JOB and your health god bless you

Jean M   January 30th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

Joe, backpedal, backpedal, never throught the majority of fans would turn their backs on you just like you did your does it feel?

jennifer   January 30th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

What a waste of an hour. I am sorry I watched this garbage.

ANGELO   January 30th, 2009 10:00 pm ET


Barbara   January 30th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

If anyone was a fan of Joe Torre it was me. However, since he has written this book in advance of his retirement, I now have mixed feelings about him. If I were a member of the LA Dodgers, I would be a little concerned about his remarks regarding myself or the team. I would be hesitant to confide in him about anything, for fear it would end up in black and white – like the players and manager of the New York Yankees.
I think this book is a serious mistake, and only time will prove that to be true. I believe Joe is loosing fans as he speaks. I am just one of them. The only comment I agree with him on is his statement regarding his desire to have a two year contract so he could "play baseball" rather than be questioned about his job status. Other than that, I say, "sit back Joe. The heat is coming your way!"

Frank Gonzalez   January 30th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

I'm not a Yankee fan, but a Met fan. As a baseball fan I will wait until the book is out and I read it to make any judgement on what's written. If I see that a lot of the comments are taken out of contect I will then judge JoeTorre. However if what I read are facts and Joe said it I will definetly change my opinion about Joe Torre for the simple fact that he won all those championshis with the Yankees with the players that were given to him and were well paid by the Yankees. He doesn't need the money, I hope. And even if he is bitter because what the owners did to him, he should just keep it to himself. He's got a good job with Dodgers, so why burned the bridges. Take a lesson from Yoggi Berra, who I think was embarased by the Yankees more than Joe was.

Rachel   January 30th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

Hi Mr. Torre,

Just wanted to say I am a die hard yankee fan and when its baseball season I watch every game.

I understand your reasons for writing the book and I can't wait to read it.

I don't care what anyone was says your still awesome..especially because we are both origionally from BROOKLYN!!

Peter   January 30th, 2009 10:01 pm ET

all you Yankee fans need to stop crying like babies!! Get over it! Joe does not want to ever be a yankee again. Funny thing is that you once loved him for bringing you all those championships. Who you should be mad at is A-FRAUD! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

LO   January 30th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

I think that Joe had every right to write a book about his life as a Yankee Coach. He is such an amazing coach, and the Yankees have truly lost the coach that kept it all together. I am a big fan of the Yankees but after the news of Joe, I just couldn't believe that they would want to get rid of this amazing and talented coach! I actually hope the Dodgers make it to the World series and WIN! That would be such an amazing thing for Torre!

Cynthia   January 30th, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Hi Joe,

I'm a Yankee fan,but, very upset about the last 2 yrs. It's been bittersweet with everything going on but also very disappointing with the way the Yankees ( owners) has treated you. Yankee stadium isn't the same with out you. We miss you !!!

PS I'm rooting for the Dodgers!!! Godd luck!!!

Pamela   January 30th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Hey Joe, Love to see your Handsome face on a new line of products... Maybe my tee shirt!

Marie S. New York   January 30th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Dear Larry, did you to crucify Ted Haggard last night? I was so disappointed in how you handled that interview! You absolutely humiliated this man! Was it necessary Larry? Did you have to sink so low for ratings? This was not the Larry we all know and love! Shame on you and your producers. You all crossed the line by ...miles!

Tim   January 30th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

Why does everyone say Joe Toree is a great manager? Look at the record . All time has a .474 winning percentage without the Yankees(.605). A low of .405 with the Mets. I am long time Yankee fan. Been there for thre good and the bad. Lets not forget the talent that was there when he got there. Buck Showalter put it together and Joe took it over.

RT   January 30th, 2009 10:10 pm ET



Jan from PA   January 30th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

I would have liked to have asked what Mr. Torre thought of them destroying yankess stadium.

Bob   January 30th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Joe, I hope it was worth it. You will never be welcome back here in NY. I hear they are gonna give #6 to Angel Berroa this season.   January 30th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

Go Joe Go!

Bob Gillies   January 30th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Joe broke his own rules of keeping things in house and out of the media with this book. Do you think this is going to affect communication with your current players with the Dogers?

steven donato   January 30th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

mr. torre what player dude u dislike the most. and what player did u respect the most

Berty Wheeler   January 30th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Still a Yankee fan and still a Torre fan. He was given a raw deal by the Yankee management. After hearing him on LK, he's still a gentleman in my book.

Chuck   January 30th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

i enjoyed Juiced, Vindicated, Much LIes Beneath, and The Code: Baseball's Unwritten Rules, and I can't wait to read Joe's Book – just ordered it.

Torre answers questions on ‘Larry King Live’ « Zell’s Pinstripe Blog   January 31st, 2009 12:00 am ET

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Michael   January 31st, 2009 12:15 am ET

Joe you were absolutely right about A-Rod. The Yankees are about winning. I am a firm believer that like Donnie Baseball, Jeter is the next version and having a guy like Rod on the team is a disgrace to the Yankees uniform. I hope they ship him to the Cubs and bring back Soriano.

ronald   January 31st, 2009 12:21 am ET

Hi Joe, you're the best!
I am a venezuelan yankee's fan which really enjoyed watching you managing that team and although I am never going to change my team, I think you're doing a great job in LA

Erica Wright   January 31st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Joe you are a amazing inpiration to me i have watched you and been a fan all my life and im only 15 years old please keep up the good work and dont ever ever give up i would love to see you stay and help out with the yankees you are awsome!

Scott from florida   January 31st, 2009 12:22 am ET

When you have players like Jeter, Oneill, and Tino, its easy to play favorite because of the way they approached the game and the way they produced.. Did you play favorites?

Johnny from Brooklyn Ny   January 31st, 2009 12:22 am ET

Joe you were an excellent manager with the Yanks and no one can take that away from you. You did your job and Yankee Fans will always love you. Anyone who doesnt appreciate you isn't a real fan!

Frank Drake   January 31st, 2009 12:24 am ET

Joe: With the Yankees new players, how do you think they will do? And will yoube able to beat themin the World Series?

nyc to LA mike   January 31st, 2009 12:25 am ET

Hey Joe! made me a yankee fan, growing up in philly..i moved to nyc in 97..i got to see the amazing teams you managed, the magic of yankee stadium, the fams cheering donnie baseball, O'neil, wade boggs. I even got to go to game one of the world series against the padres...obviously not being a baseball player..i have no idea what its like to be alwyas seemed to be in control of the, zimmer, bowa..of course the dynamics observation is how interesting it is how people can't accept your opinions, I think it has to do with the idea we have of it all, we all know steinbrenner is a maniacl ego maniac, i dont know how you lasted 12 years!..bunch of prima donnas how some of these guys cant handle your critique of them..thanks for the memories JOE!!!

Bob Mauro   January 31st, 2009 12:30 am ET

I played baseball in high schooll at all hallows high school on 164 street in the bronx right on the site where the new stadium is being be built, Mr. torre is the best Manager that the yankees have ever had sinse casey stengal, he will be a manager that will be tough to follow

Ken in NC   January 31st, 2009 12:41 am ET

Joe has done many things in baseball but the greatest thing he has ever done was to start the Atlanta Braves to hit and run. When he started them doing the hit and run, they bagan to win games. I always sensed there was tension between he and Bobby Cox and when he left I knew the Braves were going to be limited as to what they could do. I really hated to see him leave.

Kevin   January 31st, 2009 12:45 am ET

The thing that strikes me about this interview, is Torre thinks he has done the world a favor. That he had informaiton that the world needed and he had to write it. Also he has made himself the sole arbiteur of what is or is not appropriate. I am certain very few players think it was appropriate. Also he seems to be trying to change the perception of the book. First he writes that people called Arod, A-Fraud in a derogatory or demeanig manner, now he would like us to believe it was all in fun. That one change tells me what a fraud he is and may have always been. I believe he has already lost the trust of his players in LA, because no player can be comfortable with someone taking notes for future publication. Torre is sad.

Tony Gutierrez   January 31st, 2009 12:48 am ET

I want to thank Joe Torre for the marvalous work he did with the Dodgers.
I do hope that L.A. signs Manny Ramirez.....Also I hope the Dodgers get some better pitching.

James MacDonald   January 31st, 2009 12:50 am ET

I am a die hard Red Sox fan, Fenway you have to abmit is a pretty hard place to play because of the size and the fans are right on top of you.

You always were a class act coming into Fenway Park and dealing with the Boston media and players now you wont have any more nightmares about Manny beating you in the 9th.

Gene A. Grindlinger   January 31st, 2009 1:03 am ET

I am a lifelong Dodger and Redsox fan so you must know what I think about the Yankees. Having said that, Joe Torre, as far as I'm concedrned, is the best manager MLB has had in decades. He is a consummate professional, end of discussion!

Kevin   January 31st, 2009 1:05 am ET

An intersting thing about the book is that Torre states how the type of players who came in changed the team. It also has been stated the Cashman was looking at things in a more statistical manner, where as Torre looked more at charater and chemistry. Given the Yankees history they typically replaced retiring players with more productive payers. I guess I am confused whay he could not win with more talent and money than anyone else. It seems like given all the changes, Torre was the one who could not adapt.

Sergeant First Class Michael Sampsell   January 31st, 2009 2:11 am ET

Although he may have been a tyrant and that he certainly made terrible decisions with the Yankees, Steinbrenner did inspire what became my favorite character on Seinfeld. "BIG STEIN WANTS A CALZONE!!!"

Sarah Bigelow   January 31st, 2009 4:41 am ET

Hi Joe – Sorry but I hate the Yankees. I grew up in upstate NY, in Schenectady. I was a Mets fan for years. In 1986, the playoffs and the World Series were phenomenal – every game was a wicked nail biter.the best The Yankee players always seemed like spoiled brats to me, except for the year you were fighting cancer, and also in 2001. They had something else to dwell on besids themselves. Can you guess what team is my favorite? Right, the Boston Red Sox. I actually have a tee shirt that says "I love the Boston Red Sox, or anyone that beats the Yankees". It's very popular in New England. I'm writing this because I want you to know that although I hate the Yankees, I always liked and respected you. I can't even imagine how difficult your job is, especially the past couple years, managing the Divas on your team, and the pressure the nasty media hammers down about you not winning yet another World Series. I can't tell you the ecstasy wthin my family when Boston would occasionally beat the Yankees. I believe that your greatest strength is that you, as evident in your book, dwell in reality. You're not a drama queen like many of the high paid baseball players on your former club. Stay real, practice tough love, and feel my envy over the Dodgers getting Manny instead of the Red Sox . Tell your new team to ignore everyone & everything else but each other, and the marvelous game of baseball.

Tim   January 31st, 2009 3:09 pm ET

All these people that jumped on the band wagon since the Yankees one it in 96' What a bunch of phonies. It was agreat one with a great bunch of players. Where were all these so called yankee fans before '96? I remeber when you could walk up to the stadium and buy a ticket because there were plenty of seats. Joe was in the right place at the right time. He did a good Job early but with great talent. And the last 5 years he changed his management stlye. Sitting back and waitingfor the long ball. There are those who say he did a great job with the Dodgers. A .519 winning percentage is not great. It was top of the division which was lousy, thats it. Look at the total picture not just the Aynkkes. Joe managed quite a bit and not all that great.

Jaison   February 1st, 2009 2:10 am ET

One day Dodger and Yankees in WS.....My guess Dodger 4-0

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