Top 105 Joe Torre Quotes

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Joseph Paul Torre is a renowned American professional baseball executive who serves as a special assistant to the Commissioner since 2020. He has already been a former player, manager, and television color commentator and ranked fifth all-time in MLB history. Torre was also a catcher, Infielder, in number 9 in New York Mets.

Moreover, he has been a nine-time All-Star winning the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award. He also served as a television color commentator for the California Angels and NBC from 1984 to 1989.

This dedicated player was born on July 18, 1940 in a beautiful place of New York, United States. His height is was perfect for athletes as he was 6 feet 1 inch tall. Visit the following 105 quotes by Joe Torre.

Joe Torre with his family
Joe Torre with his family

“I believe anybody who is not afraid to fail is a winner.”― Joe Torre

“It’s nice to be in first place. But just because you’re not on a winner doesn’t mean you’re a loser.”― Joe Torre

“Unless you have bad times, you can’t appreciate the good times.”― Joe Torre

“Every place where I played or managed is special to me because of the memories and the friendships that each afforded me.”― Joe Torre

“Stress is something that is sort of out of your control. You get stressed out overlooking at the finish line. Stress is something that is an outside thing. Stress is an anxiety.”― Joe Torre

“The fact that somebody is reducing your salary is just telling me they’re not satisfied with what you’re doing.”― Joe Torre

“Scott Boras, I’ve known for a long time. We were both in the Cardinals organization. I’m a lot older than Scott. He’s a very tough man, very tough agent.”― Joe Torre

“I hated the Yankees and Dodgers and wound up managing both.”― Joe Torre

9th of 105 Joe Torre Quotes

“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.”― Joe Torre   

“I have no problem with cheating. Whatever you can get away with.”― Joe Torre

“Every time I pull somebody out of the bullpen, I believe he can do the job. I have to believe it. If he doesn’t, hopefully he will do it the next time.”― Joe Torre

“Respect is the word I want. You have to earn it. You give, and you get it in return, that’s how I see it.”― Joe Torre

“When you’re in a slump, you do something different, just to try it. I remember one time I was in a slump, and I borrowed one of Henry Aaron’s bats and hit two homers. I used my own bats the next night. I just needed a change.”― Joe Torre

“I think that winning creates chemistry, as opposed to other way around. I’ve been on a lot of friendly teams that couldn’t win, trust me.”― Joe Torre

“As a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and their Home Run Challenge program, I am extremely grateful for the valuable partnerships and relationships built with Major League Baseball and our affiliates.”― Joe Torre

“When we lost, I couldn’t sleep at night. When we win, I can’t sleep at night. But, when you win, you wake up feeling better.”― Joe Torre

“My wife accuses me – and she’s probably right – that I’m sometimes oversensitive.”― Joe Torre

“Home-plate collisions are something you cannot ignore.”― Joe Torre

“Pitchers make adjustments, and it’s up to the hitters to readjust and sort of tweak what they do.”― Joe Torre

“I played for 18 years, but the only thing that meant anything to me was the World Series.”― Joe Torre

“Spring Training is a fun time for me.”― Joe Torre

“By rule, the decision to reverse a call by use of instant replay is at the sole discretion of the crew chief.”― Joe Torre

“It’s huge. You win the first game of the series, you want to win the series.”― Joe Torre

“It’s something you hope doesn’t happen. When you sign on to do a job, you hope you’ll be able to get it done. But that’s not always in your control.”― Joe Torre

“My 12 years in New York were very, very special, the fans were very special, and it’s something I will take with me wherever I go and into retirement.”― Joe Torre

Joe Torre on field
Joe Torre on field

“You’re always in the storm’s eye, so to speak, when you’re with the Yankees.”― Joe Torre

“That’s what I’d like to think that my reputation is – being honest.”― Joe Torre

“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.”― Joe Torre

“That’s the sign of a good relationship, when you can pick up a phone and it doesn’t matter when the last time you spoke was.”― Joe Torre

“I am deeply saddened and shocked at the loss of umpire Wally Bell.”― Joe Torre

“After you manage the Yankees for 12 years, it’s really tough to envision going somewhere else. But then the Dodgers called.”― Joe Torre

“It’s my job that if somebody wants to have a discussion about something, I’m certainly sensitive to that, and I’m willing to do it.”― Joe Torre

“There is no worse emotion than fear.”― Joe Torre

“Baseball, while you’re doing it, you think it’s going to last forever.”― Joe Torre

“People are proud of their players.”― Joe Torre

“Jerry Coleman was the kind of player who made me proud to wear the pinstripes.”― Joe Torre

“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?”― Joe Torre

38th of 105 Joe Torre Quotes

“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.”― Joe Torre    

“Golf is the only game I know where you call a foul on yourself.”― Joe Torre

“As a player, to me the Dodgers were the Yankees of the National League because… you either loved them or you hated them.”― Joe Torre

“It’s not easy to just say you don’t want to do something any more.”― Joe Torre

“I have great confidence in Rick Caruso’s unique qualifications and his ability to lead a successful bid for the Los Angeles Dodgers.”― Joe Torre

“Baseball has changed dramatically since I began my tenure with the Yankees.”― Joe Torre

“There’s only one New York.”― Joe Torre

“In baseball, you’re always moving people around.”― Joe Torre

“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.”― Joe Torre

“Sometimes they say the world rotates a little different for lefthanders.”― Joe Torre

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“You get to the big leagues, and you think, ‘Can I do this stuff?’ Then you take the first pitch down the middle for Strike 1, and you think, ‘I could have hit that.’”― Joe Torre

“I feel very fortunate to have broken in with the Milwaukee Braves organization.”― Joe Torre

“Baseball is a team sport played by individuals for themselves.”― Joe Torre

“When you’ve been in the game as long as I have, you know the managers you’ve played for, the good ones and the bad ones. Even the good ones get fired.”― Joe Torre

“Getting fired is what happens to a manager sooner or later.”― Joe Torre

“You have to fix something when it first appears.”― Joe Torre

“It just feels good to beat the world champs to be the world champs.”― Joe Torre

“With negotiations, you never know what’s going to happen.”― Joe Torre

“We all have different ways to do things.”― Joe Torre

“At 7-1, your pitching has obviously controlled that other team. At 16-10, I’m not sure when it’s safe.”― Joe Torre

“I’m a very private person, and I don’t want to share stuff with anyone.”― Joe Torre

“TV is not accurate.”― Joe Torre

“When I was a player and hit into a double play, I felt as if I was letting everyone down.”― Joe Torre

“I know in the heat of battle, it’s hard not to get angry, especially in the 19th inning.”― Joe Torre

“I’ve enjoyed my time in the American League, the fans of Southern California and other friendships.”― Joe Torre

“St. Louis has always been special to me.”― Joe Torre

“My father wasn’t the best role model to me.”― Joe Torre

“Kids are much more intuitive these days. Not that I’m crazy about what’s on TV, but they know so much these days.”― Joe Torre

“I can understand the fact you don’t want the ball slipping out of a pitcher’s hand because someone can get hurt.”― Joe Torre

“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.”― Joe Torre

“When I was coming home from school as a youngster, and I saw my dad’s car in the driveway, I would go to a friend’s house. I connected my dad being there with fear.”― Joe Torre

“Whatever sport you’re looking at, it’s usually the team that makes the least mistakes that has the most success.”― Joe Torre

“You can’t win the Kentucky Derby unless you’re on a thoroughbred.”― Joe Torre

“I don’t have a great deal of stress job-wise in my life, and that feels good.”― Joe Torre

“You could have the bases loaded, and you bring up the best pinch-hitter in the world to pinch hit, he hits into a double play, and then all of a sudden: ‘How could you do that?’”― Joe Torre

“I never concerned myself with other people’s decisions.”― Joe Torre

“Baseball has always been filled with negative statistics.”― Joe Torre

“To wind up in Cooperstown is surreal for me. To go into the Hall of Fame is one thing. When you think of all the other Yankees that are in here, it’s pretty special. This is just a shrine. To visit it, much less be inducted, it’s still sort of unbelievable to me.”― Joe Torre

“Major league baseball is about the history of the game. Baseball history is so important. It’s so much more than money.”― Joe Torre

“I’ve been very, very fortunate. I never had to work for a living.”― Joe Torre

“If you do the best you can, you never have to look back.”― Joe Torre

“You hear the word ‘cancer,’ it scares you. You think of death.”― Joe Torre

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“’Million Dollar Arm’ touches on many of the Safe At Home Foundation’s core values, such as children, teamwork and family.”― Joe Torre

“I just don’t like to dwell on stuff.”― Joe Torre

“We’ve beat up our umpires. They’re now allowed to be human.”― Joe Torre

“Umpires sometimes have a quick trigger.”― Joe Torre

“I’m not very complicated.”― Joe Torre

“If I intimidate people, that’s not my intention.”― Joe Torre

86th of 105 Joe Torre Quotes

“I won’t be managing the Mets. I am closing the door on managing the Mets and probably everybody else.”― Joe Torre     

“Even though I was never a Yankee fan until I put on the uniform, when you think about the deep history of this organization, you always knew what the Yankees represented.”― Joe Torre

“I don’t think there’s any player that’s more talented than Alex Rodriguez. He cares very deeply about doing well. Baseball is his life. He puts a lot of pressure on himself.”― Joe Torre

“In regards to steroids, I think we’re all to blame, all of baseball. I never realized how far-reaching this problem has been.”― Joe Torre

“There’s nothing that can replace the feeling of winning.”― Joe Torre

“Chicago is a pretty good town.”― Joe Torre

“You know, Mike Milken, the money that he has raised for cancer research has been remarkable.”― Joe Torre

“One thing you have to realize is that cancer is not something you necessarily cure, but you want to just take care of yourself and extend your life as long as you can.”― Joe Torre

“I felt there was a lot of love in my house. And my mom was, you know, the basis of all that.”― Joe Torre

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“My relationship with George Steinbrenner was great. He was the boss, and I accepted that.”― Joe Torre

“When you take a job, you don’t just accept the pats on the back. You have to accept the kicks in the pants.”― Joe Torre

“I knew what the Dodgers uniform represented as a kid growing up in Brooklyn.”― Joe Torre

“When I was 16 years old, my brother Frank said, ‘You’d better become a catcher, because you’re too big and fat to do anything else.’ Well, I took his advice. It was a quick way to get to the big leagues, and I’ve never regretted it.”― Joe Torre

“I think there’s more of opportunity to win games in the National League than the American League because there are more decisions to make.”― Joe Torre

“If a club is winning, you never pay attention to a guy who’s 0-for-10. If a club is losing, all of a sudden you’ll find that he’s the main reason why you’re losing, which is absurd for me.”― Joe Torre

“The Dodgers to me are the Yankees of the National League.”― Joe Torre

“It’s nice to have writers write nice things about you and guys on radio and TV say nice things about you, but the guy who’s in the locker next to you is the one you play the game for.”― Joe Torre

“I think that I have a sensitivity toward people, and that is a strength.”― Joe Torre

104th of 105 Joe Torre Quotes

“There will be a time when everyone on the team is going to contribute to winning a pennant.”― Joe Torre     

“As a member of a competitive team, you want to make sure you have yourself ready to play. You don’t control anything but what you do.”― Joe Torre

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Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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