NEW YORK — Ex-manager Torre says Red Sox not in plans
Yankees fans can breathe easy. Their former skipper won't be managing the Boston Red Sox - or any other team - in the near future.
Joe Torre, 71, said he has not been contacted by the Red Sox and is not interested in their managerial opening, quashing any speculation he would come back to take Terry Francona's old job.
"I really don't anticipate managing anymore," Torre said Tuesday.
Torre, executive vice president of baseball operations for Major League Baseball, said the daily rigors of managing might be too much at this point.
"I was fortunate enough to get this job with Major League Baseball," he said. "I'm enjoying it. It's a lot of work, but the stress level isn't what it is when you manage."
Torre managed the Yankees from 1996 to 2007 and guided them to four World Series titles, six AL pennants and 10 AL East championships.
Around the leagues
Boston: A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is likely to join the Chicago Cubs within 48 hours.
The Cubs fired GM Jim Hendry on Aug. 19. They have been pursuing Epstein, who just finished his ninth season with Boston. The Red Sox missed the playoffs after going 7-20 during September.
The Boston Herald first reported Epstein "is on the cusp" of leaving for a position with the Cubs.
Chicago White Sox: Robin Ventura's baseball resume is missing major league managerial or coaching experience. Still, after 16 seasons playing in the majors - 10 with the White Sox - he was given a three-year contract to manage the White Sox.
General manager Kenny Williams said he considered first baseman Paul Konerko as a player/manager, but the two did not discuss that scenario.
Houston: Despite the first 100-loss season in franchise history, the entire coaching staff will remain intact for next season after pitching coach Doug Brocail and hitting coach Mike Barnett agreed to one-year contracts.
The Astros signed manager Brad Mills, third base coach Dave Clark, first base coach Bobby Meacham, bench coach Al Pedrique and bullpen coach Jamie Quirk to contracts at the end of last season that will run through 2012.
Milwaukee: The Brewers will wear "GV" patches on their uniforms for the rest of the postseason to honor groundskeeper Gary VandenBerg, who died Monday night after a long illness. VandenBerg, 59, had been with the team for more than 30 years.
New York Mets: In addition to interviewing Jim Riggleman for their bench coach position this week, the Mets also plan to speak with former Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren and the former Mariners manager John McLaren, the New York Times reported.
Pittsburgh: Right-hander Charlie Morton will be out about six months after hip surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum. He is not expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
St. Louis: The Cardinals plan to distribute 40,000 rally towels with a squirrel motif for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series tonight. It all started during the NL division series against Philadelphia when a squirrel, or squirrels, were seen running around the field - in both cities.