New York, NY – Joe Torre has decided to resign his position as vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball and will become part of a group that plans to bid for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Torre spent just one year in the position with MLB after an extensive stint as a major league manager. His last three years in the dugout came as the skipper of the Dodgers, who were put up for sale in November.
"I am so appreciative of the chance the commissioner gave me to see the game from a different perspective by working for Major League Baseball, especially during such a great time for our sport," Torre said in a statement released by Major League Baseball. "I have made this decision because of a unique chance to join a group that plans to bid for the Dodgers. After leaving the field, this job was an incredible experience, one that I enjoyed very much. I want to thank the commissioner and all of my colleagues over the last year, particularly the members of the baseball operations group and the major league umpires."
Torre's role with MLB included on-field operations, discipline and umpiring, while also serving as the commissioner's primary liaison to the general managers and field managers regarding all baseball and on-field matters.
The baseball operations functions of the commissioner's office will be led in the interim by senior vice presidents Joe Garagiola, Jr., Kim Ng and Peter Woodfork. Torre appointed the three to their positions in March. A permanent replacement will be named at a later date.
"Joe has been an invaluable resource for me and all of us at Major League Baseball this year and has splendidly communicated with our on-field personnel, general managers and the umpires," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "I understand his desire to pursue an opportunity in Los Angeles. Joe has been a life-long friend and I know that will continue in the future. While I will miss having him in our office, I have the utmost confidence in Joe Garagiola, Kim and Peter."
Torre followed an All-Star playing career with a lengthy managerial run for the Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees and Dodgers. He guided the Yankees to four World Series titles during his 12-year run in the Bronx from 1996-2007.
Frank McCourt agreed to sell the Dodgers less than a month after being awarded sole ownership of the club in a lengthy and tumultuous divorce settlement. McCourt and his now-ex-wife, Jamie, had owned the Dodgers since 2004.