“He’s a great baseball mind who can get the organization back to where it should be,” said Larry Bowa, who was a member of Torre’s coaching staffs with the New York Yankees and Dodgers from 2006 to 2010.
Torre resigned his executive position with Major League Baseball to join Los Angeles developer Rick Caruso in bidding to buy the Dodgers.
“Hopefully, his group will get it,” Bowa said. “I’m a little biased, but I think he would be perfect.”
In particular, Bowa pointed to Torre’s understanding of both on- and off-field matters.
“He understands both sides of the coin,” Bowa said. “The best I have seen with that is [Hall of Fame executive] Pat Gillick,” Bowa said. "But Joe is right there. He has that kind of knowledge and that kind of work ethic.”
Of Torre, Bowa said, “He understands the baseball part of it. He understands the economic part of it. He understands the fans’ viewpoint, the players’ viewpoint, the minor-league viewpoint.”
Bowa said Torre makes decisions carefully.
“Joe’s not a spontaneous guy,” Bowa said. “Joe’s going to have Plan A, Plan B, Plan C and Plan D. He’s going to have a backup plan. He’s not going to say, ‘I’m going to get this guy,' and have no other plan. Joe, he calculates his moves.”
When Torre managed the Yankees and Dodgers, he delegated a lot of responsibility to his coaches. Bowa said he thinks Torre would operate similarly as a team’s high-level executive.
“He trusts the people he hires and lets them work,” Bowa said. “He doesn’t just hire people. It’s ‘If I’m not here, can he take care of this area?’”
-- Dylan Hernandez
Photo: Larry Bowa, left, and Joe Torre in 2008. Credit: Doug Benc / Getty Images