Joe Torre was officially announced and introduced as Team USA’s manager for the upcoming World Baseball Classic Thursday. Torre says he would like to work with Derek Jeter one last time.
However, he will have to work with Alex Rodriguez? Could that be a problem? For Torre, he doesn’t mind working with him, although there has been some controversy after he talked to Yahoo! Sports about him a couple weeks ago.
“He was concerned with putting numbers up, and that really wasn’t what we were all about,” Torre said during the interview. “We were about winning games; that was the only statistic that was important for us. Alex, in his defense, he just felt if he put certain numbers, that the wins would take care of themselves. I think he put pressure on himself.”
Many thought he tried taking a shot at the New York Yankees third baseman, but Torre later said after that he didn’t mean anything negative toward him. Torre wouldn’t mind working with him this year.
“I don’t think there’s any issue with the two of us,” Torre said. “If that situation presented itself and I felt I wanted to go that way, I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to ask him. I hope if I did that he wouldn’t have any hesitation in accepting.”
The World Baseball Classic (also known as WBC) started back in 2006. With Derek Jeter being 38 years old, many are wondering if they would take Jeter. However, being a future Hall-of-Famer and all now, Torre definitely wants him for Team USA.
“Derek is special,” Torre said. “Everything he does, he only does one way, which is to go out there, do the best he can and try to win a ballgame.”
We’ll see what Torre can do with the team. Congrats!