Report: Dodgers to fire manager Little, hire Torre
October 30, 2007
By PA SportsTicker
The Los Angeles Dodgers are planning on firing manager Grady Little and replacing him with former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, according to multiple reports.
Citing sources, the Journal-News of Westchester, New York said the announcement of Torre's hiring could come as early as Tuesday.
The New York Times, quoting two major league officials who requested anonymity, also reported Torre's imminent hiring but did not give a timetable.
Torre has been on the market since turning down a one-year offer to remain as manager of the Yankees on October 18. He had been with the Yankees for 12 seasons, winning four World Series championships and leading the team to the playoffs every season he was in charge in the Bronx.
Torre, 67, owns a .539 (2067-1770) winning percentage over 26 seasons in the majors that have also included stops with the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals.
Along with the possible hire of Torre, it is being reported that his bench coach, Don Mattingly, may be joining him in the same role that he manned for one season with the Yankees after spending three seasons as their hitting coach.