Torre 'curious' about return to Mets
Joe Torre isn't ruling out a return to New York.
The current Dodgers manager, who announced Friday that he'd be stepping down in Los Angeles after the season, told a New York radio show Monday that he is "curious" about managing the Mets next year.
"I have not had and nobody that I know of has had contact with anybody," Torre told WFAN radio when asked about the possibility of managing the Mets, according to the New York Post. "I am curious. When the season is over, I hope the phone will be ringing."
It would be a homecoming in more ways than one for Torre. The New York native also got his first managerial gig with the Mets in 1977.
"That’s where it all started for me in ’77; it would really be weird," Torre said.
The Post first reported last week that Torre might be interested in the Mets job if it became available due to the talent they have in place.
Jerry Manuel is the current Mets manager, but his job has been under fire for much of the season. The Mets entered Monday's play with a 74-76 mark, 15 games out of first place in the NL East.
It's still possible that Torre would remain with the Dodgers in some other capacity. He said he plans on speaking with team general manager Ned Colletti about that topic.
"I made the announcement about not coming back to the Dodgers, and I left the door open," Torre said. "I don’t really anticipate managing again, but I think it would be unfair not to listen just out of curiosity to see if something excites me. . .. I am not sure if something will intrigue me, but I am not shutting the door."
Torre has 2,319 wins in 29 years as a major league manager.