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Torre: Not interested in managing, but he is getting into texting

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ORLANDO — Joe Torre sounds like a guy uninterested in changing his status as a retired major league manager.

"You realize somebody younger should be doing this stuff," Torre said on Tuesday at baseball's winter meetings.

Though he's no longer working, Torre came to Disney World to be honored by commissioner Bud Selig with Lou Piniella, Cito Gaston and Bobby Cox (in absentia) for a legendary managerial career.

A managerial career that is over, Torre repeated.

No more managing, he said.

For now, anyway.

Sometime after the first of the year, Torre said, he probably will take a front-office job with the Los Angeles Dodgers or get back into TV broadcasting — which he did with the Angels from 1985 to '90 before the St. Louis Cardinals hired him to manage.

Despite his age — 70 — Torre won't limit himself to the broadcast medium. He also admitted to communicating in a newfangled way with Derek Jeter(notes) during his recently arduous contract negotiations with the Yankees.

"I talked to him a couple of times over the last few — actually, I talked to him once over the last few weeks, and we communicated through the texting, which my daughter taught me how to do," Torre said.

Heh. "The texting." He even talks like a 70-year-old retiree. After his session at the Dolphin Hotel, it's believed Torre went to The Target and then to lunch, where he ate a hamburger sandwich and split a cherry phosphate with a swell gal.

What about the other retirees? What does Piniella have going on?

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"I haven't really given any thought to what my future brings," Piniella said. "I've enjoyed being home. I've done a little fishing, played a little golf. We're moving into a new home. I've enjoyed my family, so we'll see what the future brings.

"There is no immediate need to make any decision. I haven't really given it any thought. Right now I'm just enjoying what I'm doing, which is nothing."

Cubs fans know all about do-nothing teams. Not that the Cubs are Lou's fault, solely.

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