Torre to make decision on retirement around Labor Day

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Dodgers manager Joe Torre told reporters on Saturday afternoon that he will make an announcement about his future sometime after Labor Day.  Torre, who turned 70 in early July, is weighing whether to retire or continue his role as Los Angeles’ skipper.

Torre said that he still enjoys managing and is “very comfortable” in his current role, but does not want to make a decision and cause a distraction before the Dodgers’ playoff hopes have gained a little more clarity.  For now, the club is nine games back of the Padres in the National League West and 6.5 games back of the Giants in the hunt for the Wild Card.

It’s been a disappointing season to say the least, but the Dodgers have a great young nucleus of talent and that job will draw some major candidates if Torre does decide to leave.

The veteran skipper has a 2305-1972 managerial record.  He won six pennants and four World Series titles with the Yankees but has not led another team that far.  The Torre-led Dodgers lost in last year’s NLCS to the Phillies.  It appears they will miss the playoffs this season.

Tim Tebow’s workout seems like fun

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Tim Tebow is, as we speak, working out for some 40 scouts from 20 organizations and an untold number of members of the media. So far he has run and jumped and thrown and, in a moment or two, will take his hacks. First BP swings, then live, full-speed BP off of a couple of former major leaguers.

His 60 yard dash time was supposedly excellent. On the 80-20 scouting scale he’s supposedly in the 50-60 range, according to people tweeting about it who know what they’re talking about. The guy is certainly big and strong and in amazing shape and that’s not nothing.

Also this:

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That’s from MLB’s Twitter, which provides us with some more in-action shots.

 

Here he is playing right field out there in the distance someplace:

Good luck, kid.

Adrian Beltre puts his helmet on backwards to face a switch pitcher

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“A” switch pitcher is probably not the most accurate way to put that. It’s more like “The” switch pitcher, as Pat Venditte of the Mariners is the only one extant.

Last night the right-handed hitting Adrian Beltre had to face Venditte, who obviously chose to pitch righty to the Rangers third baseman. Before coming up to the plate, Beltre jokingly donned his helmet backwards and pretended that he’d hit left-handed:

 

He needn’t have bothered. Beltre doubled to left field off of Venditte, showing that at some point, platoon splits really don’t matter.