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Torre reiterates plans to return in 2010

Torre reiterates plans to return in 2010

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PHILDELPHIA -- Joe Torre has been saying it, and while some in the media don't believe, Dodgers officials fully expect their manager to return for the third and final year of his contract.

Torre repeated before his club was eliminated from the National League Championship Series that he doesn't come to these postseason events thinking it might be the end of his managing days.

"I really don't," he said. "I haven't gotten to that point, as long as I have another year on my contract, and I've had indications that they'll allow me to come back next year. I like to believe that the chances are we can come back here.

"But I really don't -- you know, it's been such a terrific career for me when you consider I'm 55 years old, I was in the postseason one time, for just a cup of coffee you could say, in '82 with the Braves. But the experience in New York and then my first two years here, this is something that's come late in life for me, and it's been wonderful. I have just enjoyed -- it's tense, and it's exciting, it's tense, it's every emotion you can possibly imagine. But I really haven't given it the ol' final curtain call thought right now."

General manager Ned Colletti said he intends to begin discussing with Torre where the club goes from here within the next two days. He said that will include the future of Torre's coaching staff, none of whom are signed past this year.

Torre, 69, tied Atlanta's Bobby Cox for managing into the postseason for 14 consecutive years. He's also the first Dodgers manager since Tom Lasorda in 1977-78 to win back-to-back division titles.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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