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Joe Torre: Out As Dodger Manager

Joe Torre is out as Dodgers manager after this season, to be replaced by Don Mattingly next season, the Times reports. Torre could stay with the team in another capacity.

The Dodgers have been 251-220 during his three-year tenure. Torre has been a manager for 28 years, the highlight an incredible run with the Yankees that included four World Series rings and 12 straight trips to the playoffs. It's not clear if this is his choice or not, but it can't be very much fun managing the Dodgers these days.

Most annoying must be the team's owner, Dodger Dog Frank McCourt and his high-profile divorce with wife Jamie. Thursday night LA Observed rounded up some of the mess. This morning, the Weekly reported on Peter O'Malley urging McCourt to sell the team.

The McCourts' problems almost certainly mean less money for player development and free agent acquisitions.

Torre, who is a class act and a fine manager, deserves to be with a better organization.