Dodgers' Torre to retire after season

Joe Torre never got the Los Angeles Dodgers to the heights his New York Yankees once reached, and now the veteran manager is moving on.

Torre said Friday that he will retire after his third season with the Dodgers, and Los Angeles announced that hitting coach Don Mattingly will replace him in 2011.

Torre took over the Dodgers before the 2008 season after 12 successful years and four World Series titles with the Yankees. Although he revitalized the Dodgers while making the playoffs twice during his relatively brief stint in Hollywood, he never matched his success in the Bronx.

He led Los Angeles to division titles in each of his first two seasons but lost both times to Philadelphia in the NL championship series. His current Dodgers began their penultimate homestand of the season Friday at 72-75 and in fourth place, 11 games behind San Francisco, with their playoff chances all but erased.

“It has been an incredible honor to wear the Dodger uniform, and I will always carry with me some very special memories from the past three seasons,” Torre said in a statement.

Mattingly was Torre’s bench coach with the Yankees but lost out to Girardi for the manager’s job in New York when Torre left after the 2007 season. Mattingly then followed Torre to California and has long been assumed to be the heir apparent.

This will be Mattingly’s first major league managing job, although he plans to manage a team in the Arizona fall league.

“I’m looking forward to continuing what I came here to accomplish with Joe, and that’s to win a world championship,” he said.


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