Torre named MLB executive
By Sports Network
|Major League Baseball has named Joe Torre as its executive vice president for baseball operations. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Major League Baseball has named Joe Torre as its executive vice president for baseball operations.
Torre's duties will include on-field operations, discipline and umpiring, while serving as the commissioner's primary liaison to the general managers and field managers regarding all baseball and on-field matters.
"As a member of our special committee for on-field matters since December 2009, Joe has demonstrated great passion for all the important facets of our game," said baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who made the announcement on Saturday. "I believe he is a perfect fit to lead our baseball operations staff, implement our on-field initiatives and serve as one of the game's most significant voices on major issues."
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 New York from 1996-2007. After parting ways with the Yankees, he directed the Dodgers for three seasons before stepping down at the end of last year.
The New York Daily News reported on Friday that Torre will earn $2 million per year in his new role.
Selig also named Hall of Famer Frank Robinson his senior advisor on Saturday. Robinson was the senior vice president for major league operations last season.