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It's been a tough week for sluggers Barry Bonds guilty nails nailed -- -- great Lenny Dykstra locked up tonight in charge of bankruptcy fraud allegedly.
Selling stuff like a 50000 dollars -- from his mansion without permission from the bankruptcy trustee all of this.
Giving baseball's new top cop Joseph Torre.
Something to think about I sent out of the former Yankee four time World Series champion manager and until recently Dodgers manager.
And asked him about his new job as Major League baseball's new top cop.
You've been described as the top cop.
Were the Major League Baseball says that an apt description of what you do with them plus the baseball side -- -- you know there's a -- Decided that and and there's a baseball side and about a year ago Bud Selig the commissioner.
We had cup of coffee together and we.
Talked about the future he said when you're when you decide that you don't want to manage anymore.
He says I've got some ideas and right now I am.
Executive vice president of baseball operations which means.
You know really I'm in charge.
A whole bunch of things you know from from the umpires to Latin America.
You know to Asia.
-- minor leagues.
You know rules and you know implementation and then it's it's pretty stimulating I've been in the office now for a little over -- week and it's it's been very -- was.
It's been a heck of a week every -- Manny Ramirez a guy you used to manage did.
We're used to guide them lowered the boom on him.
Well I I -- -- a comment about that David because that's something for the legal department but that that's on the other side of where I work on the on the basically the on field guy.
You know I I take care of disciplined save -- we had a supplement is thrown out of the game this week and so on.
I'm part of that when a manager's thrown out of the game to see.
Appeal to you word are you the one that lowers the boom -- -- tough -- while I'm on the one that's responsible for the does the discipline yes but there -- there where you are you also kind of a mediator.
-- No I don't know about a mediator but I try to figure out what's fair.
That the way I wanna do my job David -- Is never forget -- know what it was like to be a player never get would like to be a manager.
And sort of moved up to apply that because I think that's what Bud Selig wants from me once my experience on the field.
And in the uniform for so long to help make decisions in the game -- -- You never I'm sure you've ever played to the current -- -- right but -- manager sometimes you have to do that.
Well what you -- do a lot of managers I remember one time I was going out to argue with an umpire I was managing the Mets -- -- managing job.
An -- and -- to argue with it was one of the umpires and he said to me I'm not -- now.
How about that he had no I was out there to get thrown out to try to stimulate my team and I just started laughing I couldn't do anything about it because I think I gonna -- -- body I don't think you're thrown that's what I figured out and get my legs and so I play with a little bit and then left the field not being able accomplished what I set out to accomplish.
Now you can't talk about the Manny Ramirez case but if it brings to mind what do you know he's trying to do -- -- -- and all these new designer drugs out there that try to try to figure out a way to get underneath the testing to avoid being spotted him in the testing process is that.
Party your jar.
What my feeling as as a baseball fan of course and in my new role I think what we have to do it turned back to respect and the trust of the people.
You know with the whole steroid era.
You know somebody it's a home run and you know somebody pokes that a person next to them and said wonder you know what this guy has not we need that to go away.
It's not gonna go away in Brazil -- fans.
You know it's it's not gonna go away until we earn that back.
And as far as as far as the drugs you have to understand baseball's a game of life.
And whatever goes on on the street with the with the players or with the same age as the people -- you know getting.
In trouble on the street.
You know you have to understand that's gonna happen however you know we're here to to police that and have them understand that.
This opportunity to play baseball you borrowing it.
It's only good for this length of time you know and then you get to a point in time we are your little bit too old to play and then you lost an opportunity it.
That not too many people get so.
You know I think it's it's our job to add perspective to the players to have them understand the responsibilities.
That go along with wearing a Major League uniform.
You don't look.
Like somebody -- be ready for an old timers day but today it's coming up -- when he said.
And I'm thrilled that I don't think anybody does old timers -- like like the New York Yankees -- You know the fact that I'm gonna be invited back you know we we get -- parting of the ways back there at -- 2007.
And I came back to Yankee Stadium last year for the first time with tribute to George Steinbrenner in September last year.
And now I'm just very pleased to be in that position where I was invited back and I feel very but very comfortable going back there no animosity from what happened now I mean -- the greatest twelve years of my professional career there's no question about it.
You know there were a little tough at the end but.
I mean to be -- twelve years that's.
That's a generation and baseball by the way no team could draw you back -- finished with -- on the unfinished for managing -- -- -- -- no more play close.
Good to see.
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