Torre ad­dresses Dodgers on first day

Gi­rardi back in pin­stripes to be­gin job with Yan­kees

The Covington News - - Sports -

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.

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