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Torre backs off comments, hints at retiring

Posted on: September 21, 2010 8:56 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 9:04 pm
Joe Torre backtracked on his comments Tuesday that drew the wrath of current Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

Torre, in New York Monday to honor George Steinbrenner's inclusion into Monument Park, told reporters he would be "curious" if the Mets called, adding that he hoped they did.

That peeved Manuel off -- and rightfully so, talking about taking a job that another person occupied. (Shades of Grady Little's exit in L.A., anyone?) Bandying about the word "integrity," Manuel said Torre shouldn't be speaking in such a manner.

On Tuesday, Torre backed off his comments -- and went further.

"I'm closing the door on managing the Mets -- and probably everybody else," he told the Los Angeles Times ' Dylan Hernandez. He added that he doubted anyone could convince Torre to manage again.

Wow, quite a reversal. Torre goes from outright saying he wasn't done managing and wanted to get phone calls to saying he's pretty much finished as a manager. The truth probably lies in the former, as there's no indication Torre truly wants to retire.

 -- Evan Brunell

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