Torre addresses Dodgers on first day
Girardi back in pinstripes to begin job with Yankees
Joe Torre sized up some of his pitchers, signed autographs and addressed his new players in his first day in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform. Back in Yankees pinstripes, Joe Girardi settled in as Torre’s replacement.
“I’m just going to be who I am,” Girardi said. “No matter who came in, their approach would be different. We’re not clones.”
The differences between Girardi and Torre were obvious Friday as the Dodgers worked out at Vero Beach, Fla., and the Yankees went through their program in Tampa, Fla.
Torre’s first day in Dodger Blue started with a knock on the clubhouse door — he had locked his keys in his office the night before. Obviously he had more important things on his mind — like his opening remarks.
“You want to send a message on what to expect from me. I’m not very complicated. Hopefully, the openness that we bring here is going to make them comfortable,” Torre said. “The access is a two-way street. I want to be able to talk to them. If they want to talk to me, I want to be there for them.”
The 67- year- old Torre addressed the team, then watched pitchers and catchers complete their initial workouts. This will be Torre’s 27th season as a big league manager. The last 12 were with the New York Yankees, where he won four World Series titles.
Girardi began his tenure as Yankees manager by giving his team a glimpse of his contrasting style.
Girardi, who played for New York from 1996-99 and considers Torre a mentor, fastidiously picked up balls after batting practice and went to the backfields to watch players run. He also limited his end-of-workout session with reporters to 16 minutes, a fraction of Torre’s 30-to-45 minute Q&As.
Girardi also had a little fun with his children after the workouts, pitching batting practice and frolicking on the field.