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Good day. Below are excerpts of an interview with Los Angeles Dodgers manager (and former New York Yankees manager) Joe Torre conducted by Michael Eisner for his CNBC program, "Conversations with Michael Eisner." The Torre interview will be seen on "Conversations with Michael Eisner" on CNBC Monday, February 25th at 9 PM ET and rebroadcast at Midnight. Please credit any excerpt to CNBC and "Conversations with Michael Eisner." Thank you.
Torre on leaving the Yankees:
And-- and I-- you know, when I left the Yankees, it-- it-- it was strictly for that reason that I-- I-- I didn't think they necessarily, you know, wanted me back.
And I knew, under the circumstances, that it's probably best that I move on. And-- and I really didn't know what I was gonna do. I sat with my representative, you know, we talked about broadcasting and, you know, making appearances and stuff. And then, the-- the Dodgers called.
Torre on Steinbrenner:
He's had some health issues. But again, when he's been in my company, you know, sure, it wasn't the guy I knew 12 years ago. But it still was somebody that you knew-- when, you know, you walk in the room with him, that he's there.
Torre on the controversy of steroids in MLB:
In your day, there were no enhancement drugs, there was none of that. But would have you been tempted if you're getting down to .247 batting average, and you used to bat at .350, saying, "Maybe I should try this?" Would that-- do you understand how the-- players today are so scared about losing their edge, that they may try these things?
I-- I don't think there's any question. I mean, I watched different players of my era, you know, being interviewed about stuff. And when you get in that competition, Michael, you-- you want an edge. You want to do what you can do. And-- and-- there's no question you would consider it, if you thought it would help your team win ball games.
Pretend that you're insecure. You-- and you-- and you-- and at 36, you could be unemployed, and you may not be a manager--
And you thought it would-- it would help your career extend, I think-- you know, you certainly would-- would think about it.
Do you think that if Barry Bonds-- that they prove, without a questionable doubt, Barry Bonds or somebody like that did do that, if they prove it, that that should disqualify them for whatever awards they may have gotten?
No, I-- I think, obviously, his numbers wouldn't be where they are now, but Barry Bonds-- had four MVP awards before anybody questioned what he was doing. And I can tell you, as a manager who managed against Barry Bonds, as a skinny kid, he was scary. He was a good hitter. And-- and he-- he-- you just couldn't find a way to get him out regularly.