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Why McCourts' divorce could mean this is Joe Torre's last season with the Dodgers

May 10, 2010 | 10:43 am

Torre_300 If you’re Joe Torre, would you want to come back to this organization next season?

I don’t think so. Not the way things currently stand, anyway. Either as manager or front office executive.

Torre has accomplished too much and been around too long to spend his final years in baseball helping lead an organization financially hampered by owners who seem more intent on having their pillows fluffed every night than fielding a winning baseball team.

The Dodgers are in financial limbo while Frank and Jamie McCourt go through their ugly little divorce.

Torre will be 70 in July. He doesn’t need all this at this point in his career. He’s in to win. And if owners aren’t willing to supply him the necessary parts (see: Dodgers rotation), then despite previous comments, he could easily be moving on.

Now before you assume that would probably mean retirement, check out this video report from Fox baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal.

Rosenthal, previously a veteran baseball scribe for the Baltimore Sun, said unnamed friends of Torre have told him if the ownership situation with the Dodgers doesn’t improve, Torre likely won't be back. Rosenthal speculated that the Mets, Cubs or Braves could be interested in his services.

Not exactly what anyone had in mind when Torre arrived here three seasons ago.

Torre has talked of possibly managing the Dodgers one more year before moving into an unspecified front-office position with the Dodgers.

But if the team payroll is declining and the chances of capturing another championship are dwindling, why would he come back?

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Joe Torre hugs Frank McCourt after being announced as the Dodgers' manager in 2007. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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