November 2007

Russ is Golden…so is this interview with Joe

Russell Martin was just named the NL Gold Glove winner which is really something else. With everything he’s accomplished in such a short time, this is another amazing feat. Our sincere congratulations go out to him from everyone at the organization.

Silver Slugger Awards are announced later this week so hopefully he’ll be on that list, too.

On another note, in a pretty impressive feat, FSN Prime Ticket has managed to put together a half-hour special on Joe Torre like the ones you’ve been seeing from them the last two years.

Joe Torre, "In My Own Words," will air tonight following Lakers Live postgame.

It will also air on FSN West on Thursday 11/8 at 10 p.m. and Saturday, 11/10 at 10:30 p.m. It will re-air on FSN Prime Ticket tomorrow, 11/7 at 10 p.m., Friday, 11/9 at 10:30 p.m., Sunday, 11/11 at 10 p.m., Monday, 11/12 at 4 p.m., Tuesday, 11/13 at 10 p.m. and Friday, 11/16 at 10:30 p.m.

Hopefully you’ll get to catch this show, as Charley Steiner and Joe sat for 30 minutes at the end of the press conference yesterday to allow you to get an idea of his thoughts on his first day as Dodger manager.

Quite a day…

I hope that everyone has had or will get the chance to watch and read all the coverage from today’s press conference. Having just spent the last five hours alongside Joe Torre, I think the word that I’d use for the way he’s handled himself today is "class." For three and a half hours straight, he took the time to look people in the eye, give insightful answers to their questions and try to endear himself to you, the fans. And I think that he – as well as all of us here -  realize that the best way to do that is with winning.

I’m trying to compose some thoughts about the day and the events of the past week, but to be honest, my head is somewhat spinning from a really wild day. It’s still a little weird that I attended Joe Torre Baseball Camp in the Valley as a kid and now he’s managing the Dodgers.

But the truth is, there were a lot of us Dodger employees today who were here by 6 or 7 a.m. to make sure everything went off without a hitch and I’m happy to say that it did. Everyone from the operations staff to the electricians, PR department and VPs who take great pride in what goes on around here and today I feel proud of what was accomplished and the direction we’re headed.

One more note – yesterday was the start of the annual Fantasy Camp at Dodgertown. Gary Smith, a regular visitor to Inside the Dodgers, has started a blog where you can check out a photo gallery and other highlights from Vero Beach, so be sure to visit all week long.

So much for a slow offseason…

Normally at this time of year, our department is in the initial planning stages for the following season as well as moving full speed ahead on the next year’s media/information guide which takes months to compile.

However, since yesterday’s announcement of Joe Torre’s hiring, the phones have literally been ringing off the hook here and there’s not enough time in the day to respond to every email request that comes in. It’s a great "problem" to have and clearly there’s a lot of enthusiasm for his arrival, as well there should be.

We’ve spent all day putting together what will surely be the largest press conference we’ve ever staged at Dodger Stadium. It will take place on Monday down on the field, which is a first, and we hope it will reflect the class and dignity of a baseball legend like Joe Torre.

Though the press conference is not open to the public, you all can watch it live on dodgers.com if you’re at your computer or FSN Prime Ticket and KCAL, our TV broadcast partners. It will start right at 10 a.m. PT and will hopefully give Dodger fans some answers to the questions they’ve been wanting to know since yesterday’s announcement.

After that, it’s off to the general managers meetings for Ned, Kim and their staff as they lay the groundwork for the trades and free agent signings that lay ahead.

There’s no other real news to report as we head into the weekend. Still nothing on the coaches despite public reports to the contrary and it’s a big day tomorrow for Brad Penny, whose horse, Excess Temptation, is running locally.

Have a nice weekend and be sure to watch the live press conference Monday morning for the latest news.

It's official

Joe Torre will manage the Dodgers in 2008 and beyond. He’s signed a three-year deal today and we’ll be introducing him at a press conference on Monday at Dodger Stadium at 10 a.m.

More later but the official release with comments from everyone should be on the site shortly.

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