Joe Torre

Joseph Paul "Joe" Torre ( born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York ) is a former American professional baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball. His nickname is The Godfather.


Joe Torre began his career in Major League on September 25, 1960 with the Milwaukee Braves. In his first at bat him his first Basehit succeeded in the game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Mainly he was set up as a catcher but also played on the position of the first baseman. 1961 Torre took in the election for Rookie of the Year ( Rookie of the Year ) second behind Billy Williams.

In the years 1963 to 1967, he was appointed as All Star, 1965, he won the Gold Glove at his position as catcher. On March 17, 1969 he moved in exchange for Orlando Cepeda to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals needed above all the skills Torres as a hitter, so it was mainly used in this station as a first baseman. Outstanding achievements in the 1971 season earned him the award of the Most Valuable Player of the National League. Four more vocations to the All- Star team from 1970 to 1973 were also still to book.

In 1975 he moved to the New York Mets, whose manager, he was in May 1977. Da Torre did not want to bear the double burden as a player and manager, he finished his playing career at the age of 37 years. With the Mets he remained until 1981, after which he moved to the Atlanta Braves. Here he won the division title in the National League West in 1982, followed by a second and a third place.

Torre then moved into the commentary team of the California Angels, but returned in August 1990 as a manager back to the St. Louis Cardinals. Thus Torre had exercised the managerial positions in each of its teams for which he worked as a player. Also there were greater successes denied him, which meant that he was released in mid-1995.

Without ever to have been active as a player or manager in the American League, Torre signed on 2 November 1995, the contract in his hometown of New York with the New York Yankees. In his first season he led the Yankees in the World Series, the Torre had reached as neither player nor as a manager and took the title against the Atlanta Braves. In Torres tenure, the Yankees every year, then reached the playoffs. 1997, subject to the Cleveland Indians in the American League, but from 1998 to 2000 to celebrate the Yankees three times in succession to win the championship. Opponents were the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and the New York Mets. 2001 and 2003, the Yankees were the American League win, but documents in the World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Florida Marlins.

Joe Torre was a total of twelve years as manager of the Yankees, under owner George Steinbrenner, the longest tenure of a manager. On May 7, 2006 Torre won against the Texas Rangers his 1000th game as manager of the Yankees. Dissatisfied with the reduced financial proposal Steinbrenner refused Torre from the offered contract extension for the 2008 season and moved to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In September 2010, Torre announced no longer be available as a manager available in the following year. His successor was Don Mattingly.

His positions as a player

His positions as Manager