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B.Q.E. O' the Week
Friday, May 30, 2008
Joe Torre may have moved across the country and taken a job managing for one of the Yanks' NL rivals, but he still has a big soft spot for his old team and players. Case in point: when Jeter was smacked on the hand back on May 20th, Joe was watching the game on TV at Dodger Stadium and jumped on the horn right away to call the Yanks clubhouse and make sure Jeet was ok.
It sounded ugly. I called the training room just to see how he was. He got on the phone and said he was OK.
That is very sweet and a prime example of Torre's sentimentality and love for his old boys, but was it appropriate? Are managers supposed to be communicating with players from other teams, particularly from their post at their stadium? I'm honestly not sure about that. Enlighten me, faithful friends and foes!

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Friday, May 30, 2008  
4 Comments:
  • At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Mets Guy said…

    Torre definitely has the right to comfort Jeter, especially with their long player/manager relationship. By comparison, I don't think Larry Bowa was calling Jimmy Rollins about his injury earlier in the season :)

     
  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    Of course it is appropriate. Sportsmanship, albeit a dying trend, should be the norm. I could see if he was trying to pass along some scouting on a common foe or something but not to check on someones health.

     
  • At 1:40 PM, Blogger andrew33 said…

    YC, get over yourself, first you bash santa, and now you question if Torre should contact a player he managed for 12 seasons. This isn't 1978, the culture of baseball has changed - we all need to deal with it. I enjoy the wittiness of your blog, but think you are way off base here. Enjoy the Yanks, hopefully, sweeping the Twins

     
  • At 4:50 PM, Blogger Phil said…

    Geez Andrew, she just asked a question. No need to jump all over her. If you actually read her post, she's asking a few questions. She didn't say she thought it was wrong. With all of the complicated rules between the league and the MLBPA these days regarding tampering, illegal/inappropriate contact, etc. I think it's a legitimate question on whether managers are supposed to be communicating with other teams' players.
    I think it's nice to know that Joe still cares about his former boys.

     
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