Joe Torre: Jeter ‘made my life easier’ as a manager

Posted: 15/05/2017 in MLB, Sports
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From the moment he was hired to lead the New York Yankees in November 1995, Joe Torre knew Derek Jeter was different.

For 12 seasons from 1996-2007, Jeter and Torre formed the backbone of the Yankees’ most recent dynasty. The Yankees never once missed the playoffs during the duo’s tenure, appearing in six World Series and winning four championships over that time.

Torre has often credited his Yankee years with pushing his own Hall of Fame case over the top, and a lot of that can be traced directly to No. 2, a player he penciled in at shortstop every day in New York. The now 76-year-old looks back fondly on those years as manager, recalling that whenever Jeter took the field all he saw was greatness.

“The 12 years at the start of his career that I had him, you knew he was special, but you don’t accumulate all the thoughts and think, ‘What will this add up to?'” Torre told Mark Feinsand of MLB.com on Sunday. “You just enjoy what he does. As a manager, he made my life easier because you knew he was going to show up every day and do the best he can.”

For Torre, who saw his own No. 6 retired by the Yankees in 2014 (shortly after he was inducted to the Hall of Fame), watching his protege’s number take its rightful place in Monument Park on Sunday night will be a moment he’ll cherish for a long time to come.

“This will be a very proud moment for me,” Torre said. “It’s very emotional for me when I think of Derek Jeter as this 21-year-old kid that I met over the winter in ’95-’96, and now he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He’s special.”

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