Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre answers questions during a press conference in this Oct. 19, 2007 file photo, in Rye Brook, N.Y. Grady Little resigned as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2007 and while Torre is clearly the leading candidate to become the Dodgers' next manager, general manager Ned Colletti said Wednesday, Oct. 31, that contrary to published reports, a deal hadn't been struck. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joe Torre was hired Thursday to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers, taking the job two weeks after walking away from the New York Yankees.
Torre moved from one storied franchise to another, getting a three-year contract. He takes over a team that finished fourth in the NL West this season and hasn't won the World Series since 1988.
The 67-year-old Torre becomes the Dodgers' eighth manager since they moved west from Brooklyn for the 1958 season. Torre grew up in Brooklyn, rooting for the rival New York Giants and detesting the Dodgers.
"As a kid growing up, you didn't like them," Torre said on WFAN radio in New York less than an hour before the hiring was announced. "As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because ... you either loved them or you hated them."
Torre guided the Yankees to four World Series championships from 1996-2000, and they made the playoffs in all 12 years he managed them. After New York was beaten in the first round by Cleveland last month, the Yankees offered him a one-year contract with a paycut.
Insulted, Torre turned it down. Torre was hired by the Dodgers on the same day the Yankees formally introduced Joe Girardi as their manager.
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