Spring Training is a fun time for me.

Joe Torre

Joe Torre

Profession: Athlete
Nationality: American


Spring Training is a fun time for me. Joe Torre

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Baseball has always been filled with negative statistics.

When I became the manager of the New York Yankees, it was an opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of winning the World Series. We were fortunate enough to succeed in our first season in 1996, and in the years that followed, we wrote some great new chapters in Yankee history.

First of all, you want umpires to call what they see. In the case of fair or foul, the smartest thing is to call the ball fair. Because if it's called foul and ruled fair, where do we put the runners?

Kids are much more intuitive these days. Not that I'm crazy about what's on TV, but they know so much these days.

Home-plate collisions are something you cannot ignore.

I was always a little hesitant to accuse people of loading a bat to hit a ball farther. I was always very hesitant to approach people because I never had any evidence that I had firsthand knowledge of.

I met Tiger Woods, and I looked in his eyes - and I saw Derek Jeter. They don't have to tell people they're good. They just prove it by the way they love the competition.

People are proud of their players.

In regards to steroids, I think we're all to blame, all of baseball. I never realized how far-reaching this problem has been.

Baseball has changed dramatically since I began my tenure with the Yankees.

I think that I have a sensitivity toward people, and that is a strength.

We've got to decide, how much replay do we want? Because if you start doing it from the first inning to the ninth inning, you may have to time the game with a calendar.

I have no problem with cheating. Whatever you can get away with.

Competing at the highest level is not about winning. It's about preparation, courage, understanding and nurturing your people, and heart. Winning is the result.