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Dodgers manager Joe Torre on the passing of George Steinbrenner: 'a true visionary'

George Steinbrenner went through managers like Larry King went through wives, at least until Joe Torre came along.

Strong-willed, combative, emotional, outspoken, Steinbrenner was a challenge for all of his employees, but none more so than the high-profile manager.

But Torre was calm in the storm, and he managed the Yankees for an almost unthinkable 12 seasons under Steinbrenner, all into the postseason.

Here’s Torre in a statement on Steinbrenner’s passing:

“I will always remember George Steinbrenner as a passionate man, a tough boss, a true visionary, a great humanitarian and a dear friend. I will be forever grateful that he trusted me with his Yankees for 12 years. My heart goes out to his entire family. He will be deeply missed in New York, Tampa and throughout the world of baseball. It’s only fitting that he went out as a world champ.’’

And this statement from Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly, a lifelong Yankee first baseman:

"I remember a man driven to succeed. He was the owner, 'The Boss' and No.1 fan of the Yankees. Our relationship was built on mutual respect. I will never forget and always be grateful for how he treated me and my family both during my playing days and after I retired.’’

-- Steve Dilbeck
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