Joe Torre

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Joe Torre is a former Major League Baseball manager most notably for the New York Yankees from 1996-2007. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig appointed Joe Torre the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations in 2011, a position Joe still holds today. He has authored 3 books on his life, advice from his experiences as a manager and his successful years as the Yankee skipper.

Before becoming a manager, Sports Speaker Joe played for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and with the New York Mets who named him player-manager in his final year in 1977. He would retire at age 37 to properly manage the team for 5 years before moving on to manage the Atlanta Braves. Some may not know he took a break from managing and worked in the broadcast booth for 5 years with the California Angels as well as becoming a guest analyst for the 1989 World Series.  Joe’s prolific stint as Yankee manager under the quick fire owner George Steinbrenner was highlighted by countless division titles in the American League East division as well as an incredible 4 World Series championships. His dominant seasons in 1996 and 1998 twice earned him the award as A.L. Manager of the Year and the 1998 team is considered one of the best baseball and sports teams of all time.

Joe was popular in the press and was named Sporting News and Sports Illustrated Manager of the Decade and was unanimously selected to the Hall of Fame in December of 2013. He has been featured in several ad commercial campaigns for companies like Subway and State Farm Insurance. His Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation operates over 10 domestic violence resource centers in New York after Joe grew up in a home where domestic violence was present. In 2008, he recorded a PSA and personal message in support of the RESPECT! Campaign battling domestic violence.