How much more can Torre take?

Joe Torre has been marvelously adept at coping with one of the most difficult bosses in all of sports.

Updated: September 3, 2003, 10:12 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
The last time a Yankee manager lasted this long, Dwight Eisenhower was running for re-election and the majority of you were not only not even born, your parents had not even met yet. The man who has managed to outlast most of his predecessors, Joe Torre, has been marvelously adept at coping with one of the most difficult bosses in all of sports (if not all of business in its entire): Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner.

This has stood him in good stead as he heads into the final month of his eighth year with the team. Casey Stengel was the last man to last this long, his eighth with the Yankees coming in 1956. He lasted another four years after that before getting dismissed.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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