How much more can Torre take?

Joe Torre has been marvelously adept at coping with one of the most difficult bosses in all of sports.

Updated: September 3, 2003, 10:12 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
The last time a Yankee manager lasted this long, Dwight Eisenhower was running for re-election and the majority of you were not only not even born, your parents had not even met yet. The man who has managed to outlast most of his predecessors, Joe Torre, has been marvelously adept at coping with one of the most difficult bosses in all of sports (if not all of business in its entire): Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner.

This has stood him in good stead as he heads into the final month of his eighth year with the team. Casey Stengel was the last man to last this long, his eighth with the Yankees coming in 1956. He lasted another four years after that before getting dismissed.

Joe Torre
Only Casey Stengel (7), Joe McCarthy (6) Connie Mack (5) and Walter Alston (4) have won more World Series than Torre.
George King writes in today's New York Post that Torre is growing weary of Steinbrenner's constant meddling and second-guessing of his decisions. He points to such incidents as the owner naming Derek Jeter team captain (a fairly serious breach of protocol) and the flap over what was to be done with the injured Jose Contreras. Torre tells King that he would never walk away from his contract (which runs through 2004), but that this season has been anything but fun, in spite of the fact that the Yankees have the best record in the American League. He told King:
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