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Torre's future with Dodgers

Joe Torre’s third season with the Dodgers could be his last. The team is on a 2-8 skid and the manager, who turns 70 on July 18, has been displaying some rare signs of frustration.

"I'm very patient with players, but I have no patience with mental mistakes because that's all part of your game preparation," Torre was quoted recently. "Ability can only get you so far. You've got to be able to know how to use that ability. We've had some success here and guys have been around for a couple of years so you know, you're getting beyond that point where they're young players."

Torre has said he will decide later this season if he wants to return. The organization has no George Steinbrenner-like owner to make that decision for him, but the team may not be inclined to invite him back, either. Don Mattingly is expected to take over when Torre’s tenure ends.

Despite its problems, the Dodgers are just 3 ½ games out of first in the NL West, so a rebound is certainly possible. And there’s the thought that Torre, a sure bet to make the Hall of Fame as a manger, would not want his career to end with a sour season.


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