Joseph Paul "Joe" Torre (/ˈtɔri/; born July 18, 1940) is an American professional baseball executive and former baseball manager and player. A nine-time All-Star, he was a Major League Baseball (MLB) catcher, first baseman and a third baseman for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, and the St. Louis Cardinals during his playing career. Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) after leading the major leagues in batting average (.363), hits (230), and runs batted in (RBI) with 137. His playing career totals included a .297 batting average with 252 home runs and 1185 RBI in 2209 games.
After his retirement as a player in 1977, Torre managed the same three teams for which he played, before leading the New York Yankees and ending his managerial career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011. He briefly served as a player-manager for the Mets in 1977. Torre's most successful stint as a manager came with the Yankees, whom he led from 1996 to 2007. The Yankees reached the postseason each year and won ten American League East division titles, six American League pennants, four World Series titles, and compiled a .605 winning percentage overall. With 2,326 wins, he is fifth all-time in MLB history for wins as a manager. After retiring as a manager from the Dodgers, Torre took on a new role for Major League Baseball to work with former Commissioner Bud Selig as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.
By Dean Hanley
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