In cruising through the blog comments in recent days, I noticed some people were surprised that Joe Torre wasn’t invited to be a coach at the All-Star Game.
There’s a reason for that – he wouldn’t have accepted.
â€œIâ€™m with a new team now,â€ he told reporters in California on Friday night. â€œJoe Girardi is a coach for the All-Star Game, and deservedly so. They usually take the local cityâ€™s managers as coaches. Besides, Iâ€™m not sure that if I got a call, I would say yes. Going over there at this point in time, I may serve as more of a distraction.â€
Torre made it clear when the Yankees ran him out as manager last fall that he didn’t have much use for returning to the Stadium. Nor would he want to do something to overshadow Girardi, who is a close friend.
The Yankees are planning a “closing cermony” for the Stadium after the season. Hopefully by then Torre and the organization settle their differences and he will be involved.