Joe Torre

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Joseph Paul Torre (born July 18, 1940) is an American professional baseball executive, serving in the capacity of Major League Baseball's (MLB) chief baseball officer since 2011.wikipedia
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List of Major League Baseball managers by wins

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A former player, manager and television color commentator, Torre ranks fifth all-time in MLB history with 2,326 wins as a manager.

2014 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

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In 2014, Torre was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The induction class consists of managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre, elected by the Expansion Era Committee, and Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas, elected by the BBWAA.

Catcher

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Torre's lengthy and distinguished career in MLB began as a player in 1960 with the Milwaukee Braves, as a catcher, first baseman and third baseman.
Because the position requires a comprehensive understanding of the game's strategies, the pool of former catchers yields a disproportionate number of managers in both Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, including such prominent examples as Connie Mack, Steve O'Neill, Al López, Mike Scioscia, Joe Girardi, and Joe Torre.

St. Louis Cardinals

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He also played for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets until becoming a manager in 1977, when he briefly served as the Mets' player-manager.
In the 1970s, catcher/third baseman Joe Torre and first baseman Keith Hernández each won MVPs, but the team's best finishes were second place and 90 wins.

1965 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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Torre was once again voted to be the starting catcher for the National League in the 1965 All-Star Game and won his first and only Gold Glove Award.
Willie Mays hit a leadoff home run to left field off Milt Pappas, followed by a Willie Stargell single and a two-run Joe Torre homer.

Major League Baseball Player of the Month Award

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In 1965, Torre won his first of two NL Player of the Month awards when he took the honour for May, batting .382, with 10 HR, and 24 RBI.

Frank Torre

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Joe, Sr. abused Margaret until Torre was 13 years old when Torre's brother, Frank, convinced their father to move out.
He was the older brother of Baseball Hall of Fame member Joe Torre, himself a former Major League Baseball player and longtime manager.

Eau Claire Bears

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In his first season in the minor leagues with the Class A Eau Claire Bears, he won the Northern League batting championship with a .344 batting average.
Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees Hank Aaron, Joe Torre and Ford C. Frick Award recipient Bob Uecker played for Eau Claire.

1977 New York Mets season

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In May 1977, the Mets fired manager Joe Frazier and named Torre as their player-manager. Torre managed the Mets from 1977 to 1981 season, but failed to improve the team's record.
Initially led by manager Joe Frazier followed by Joe Torre, the team had a 64–98 record and finished in last place for the first time since 1967, and for the first time since divisional play was introduced in 1969.

1982 Atlanta Braves season

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In 1982, Torre replaced Bobby Cox as the manager of the Atlanta Braves, and immediately guided them to a Major League-record 13 straight wins to open the season.
In, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as two of the most successful managers of the late-20th and early-21st centuries.

List of Major League Baseball batting champions

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A nine-time All-Star, Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award after leading the major leagues in batting average, hits, and runs batted in.

Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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A nine-time All-Star, Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award after leading the major leagues in batting average, hits, and runs batted in. He was assigned to the Triple A Louisville Colonels for the season where, the Braves had planned to groom him as the eventual successor to their All-Star catcher, Del Crandall.
This was particularly evident in 2002, when National League manager Bob Brenly selected his own catcher, Damian Miller, over the more deserving Paul Lo Duca; while American League manager Joe Torre selected his own third baseman, Robin Ventura, over the Oakland Athletics' Gold Glove and Silver Slugger-winning third baseman Eric Chavez.

1981 New York Mets season

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Torre managed the Mets from 1977 to 1981 season, but failed to improve the team's record.
They were managed by Joe Torre.

1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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He was hitting for a .359 batting average at mid-season and was voted to be the starting third baseman for the National League in the 1971 All-Star Game.

1967 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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His offensive production tapered off in 1967 with a .277 batting average with 68 runs batted in although he still hit 20 home runs and won his fourth consecutive start in the 1967 All-Star Game.

Ted Simmons

Allen took over as the Cardinals' first baseman while Torre split his playing time between playing third base and sharing catching duties with young prospect Ted Simmons.
Simmons spent another year in Triple-A at Tulsa before returning to the major leagues in 1970 where he platooned with Joe Torre.

Los Angeles Angels

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From 1984 to 1989, he served as a television color commentator for the California Angels and NBC.
Other former Angels broadcasters over the past three decades include Buddy Blattner, Don Wells, Dave Niehaus, Don Drysdale, Bob Starr, Joe Torre, Paul Olden, Al Wisk, Al Conin, Mario Impemba, Sparky Anderson, Jerry Reuss, Ken Wilson, Ken Brett, and Ron Fairly.

Manager (baseball)

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A former player, manager and television color commentator, Torre ranks fifth all-time in MLB history with 2,326 wins as a manager.
A high proportion of current and former managers played the central position of catcher during their playing days, including Yogi Berra, Bruce Bochy, Joe Girardi, Mike Scioscia, Joe Torre, and Ned Yost.

Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium

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The Braves relocated to Atlanta for the 1966 season and would play their games in the new Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium which, due to its less dense atmosphere in the high elevation in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, made it favorable to home run hitters, resulting in the nickname The Launching Pad.
On April 12, 1966, Joe Torre hit the first major league home run in the history of Atlanta Stadium.

1993 St. Louis Cardinals season

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His best record was 87–75 in 1993.
Under their manager Joe Torre, the Cardinals went 87-75 during the season and finished 3rd in the National League East Division, ten games behind the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Tom Haller

In his book, The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, baseball historian Bill James said the decision to award Torre the Gold Glove was absurd, stating that he was given the award because of his offensive statistics and that, either John Roseboro or Tom Haller were more deserved of the award.
In his book, The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, baseball historian Bill James said the decision to give Joe Torre a National League Gold Glove Award was absurd, stating that he was given the award because of his offensive statistics and that either Haller or John Roseboro was more deserving of the award.

1966 Atlanta Braves season

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The Braves relocated to Atlanta for the 1966 season and would play their games in the new Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium which, due to its less dense atmosphere in the high elevation in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, made it favorable to home run hitters, resulting in the nickname The Launching Pad.
Atlanta catcher Joe Torre hit his second solo homer of the game to narrow the deficit to one run, but the Pirates held on to win.

1971 St. Louis Cardinals season

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The Cardinals made Simmons their full-time catcher in 1971, leaving Torre to concentrate on playing third base.
Third baseman Joe Torre won the MVP Award this year, batting .363, with 24 home runs and 137 RBIs.

List of World Series champions

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From 1996 to 2007, he was the manager of the New York Yankees and guided the team to four World Series championships.

Del Crandall

He was assigned to the Triple A Louisville Colonels for the season where, the Braves had planned to groom him as the eventual successor to their All-Star catcher, Del Crandall.
Crandall averaged 125 games caught during the peak of his career, and he paid the price, missing most of the 1961 season due to shoulder trouble, which gave Joe Torre his opportunity to break in. While Crandall did come back to catch 90 games in 1962 – hitting a career-high .297, making his final National League All-Star squad and winning his last Gold Glove – he was soon replaced by Torre as the Braves' regular catcher.