Before Joe Torre's hiring — as the most expensive Dodgers manager ever — became official today, Jerry Crowe in the LAT noted that his pre-Yankees ledger was nothing to brag about. Three-dots are all Crowe's:
He managed for 14 seasons in the National League with little success. . . . His only division title was won with NL most valuable player Dale Murphy, 17-game winner Phil Niekro and the Atlanta Braves in 1982. . . .He won no playoff games. . . .Torre's overall National League winning percentage, including below-.500 stints with the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals, was .471. . . .Grady Little's was .525.
Phil Wallace jumps on the hiring, and on the Kobe Bryant situation, at SoCal Sports Observed.