Joe Torre in favor of expanded playoffs

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“He says, `You know, if I had a choice of capturing Saddam Hussein or beating the Yankees, I would pick beating the Yankees,’ and he walks out of the elevator,” Torre said. “Gives you an idea what goes on in that town.”

Selig praised the four managers being honored at the winter meetings.

“They’re role models for all who aspire to manage in the big leagues,” he said. “Between them they have won eight World Series championships, 14 pennants, and 93 combined seasons.”

Piniella hasn’t thought about working for his hometown Tampa Bay Rays,

“I’ve done a little fishing, played a little golf,” he said. “We’re moving into a new home. I’ve enjoyed my family, so we’ll see what the future brings. … Right now I’m just enjoying what I’m doing, which is nothing.”

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