NEW YORK -- Former Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Commissioner Bud Selig conferred with him before announcing that Major League Baseball is taking control of the club, and expressed hope that after a difficult decision "we have a healthy franchise" as a result.
Torre managed the Dodgers the last three years of his 29-year managerial career, guiding them to a pair of National League West titles. He was named MLB executive vice president of baseball operations, and then hired former Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng as a senior vice president in his department.
"I'm glad it is tended to, paid attention to, and I know it wasn't easy for the Commissioner to come down with the decision that he did," Torre said Thursday after a news conference regarding former player pensions. "He's given it a lot of thought. I know that, because we've conferred a time or two. Hopefully when it's all said and done, we have a healthy franchise out there.
"He certainly conferred with me on what he was thinking, and how he was thinking about the franchise in Los Angeles, and he felt it should be on more solid footing, basically."
When asked if he sensed a "paralysis" in operations while he was with the club, Torre replied: "I really can't talk about the time I was there."
He also declined to comment when asked if he thought Frank McCourt would challenge the takeover. And when asked if he saw comparison to the Mets' situation, Torre pointed to the end of a hallway on the 31st floor of the MLB headquarters.
"There are a couple offices, you'd better ask those questions there," he said. "I'm busy myself with on-field stuff that goes on, as opposed to the business side of it, which I'm happy to say I'm not involved in."
Commissioner Selig did not comment further on the Dodgers matter during the pension news conference. There was a lighthearted moment, however, and an indication that the number of candidates to direct the organization is vast. There were several dignitaries at the head table, including the Commissioner, and when it was time for former American League All-Star first baseman Eddie Robinson to speak, he looked down toward Selig.
"Bud, I'd like to put my name in for the job with the Dodgers," said Robinson, now 90.
"You and the rest of America," quipped MLB executive vice president, labor relations and human resources, Rob Manfred.
Selig said with a smile: "OK, Eddie."
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.