- Associated Press - Sunday, October 3, 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) - On his final day managing the Los Angeles Dodgers, Joe Torre went old school.

“I did something that hasn’t been done for years. I wrote out a lineup card. No computer today,” he said Sunday, 29 years after his career on the bench began with the New York Mets. “I figured I wrote out the first one. Let me write out the last one.”

Torre gave the original card to Dodgers starter Ted Lilly and made copies for his coaching staff. He planned to keep his No. 6 jersey.

Torre felt more nostalgia in his final game against the Arizona Diamondbacks than sadness since he’s the one who decided to call it a career on the bench.

“I’m looking forward to the next part of it,” he said. “At some point, you got to spend more time somewhere else.”

Torre ended with a 3-1 win over Arizona. He wasn’t the only manager retiring. Toronto’s Cito Gaston oversaw his final game at Minnesota, going out a 2-1 winner.

“I’ve been asked this morning two or three times how I feel about putting on the uniform for the last time,” Gaston said. “When I take it off today and I get on the plane and I’m flying home, I think the moment will hit me.”

Atlanta’s Bobby Cox had his career extended when the Braves beat Philadelphia 8-7, prompting fans to chant his name. Cox, who is 69, plans to retire after the season and remain with the team as a consultant.

“I’ll miss managing, but I’m going to be connected just a tiny bit to the organization where I can have my own schedule,” he said. “My intentions are to go down and mingle some with the minor leaguers, cheer them up a bit during the course of the season. It’s a grind and I always enjoyed somebody from the office coming to visit when I was a player down there.”

The Braves won the NL wild card and got a first-round playoff matchup with San Francisco after the Giants beat San Diego 3-0.

Atlanta paid tribute to Cox on Saturday, when he received a new car from the team and a cruise from his players.

Cox ranks fourth on the regular-season wins list with 2,504, trailing Connie Mack (3,776), John McGraw (2,840) and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Tony La Russa (2,638). Torre is next with 2,326.

Gaston won two World Series titles, in 1992 and 1993, during a managerial run that ended in 1997. He returned to Toronto as a hitting coach from 2000-01 and took over as manager again in June 2008, going 211-201 in his second stint. Overall, Gaston was 893-837.

Gaston said he thinks he’ll be remembered for his fairness with his players.

“Not too many players like coaches or managers anymore. They don’t trust them. I would like to think I’m the most fair manager that they’re ever going to be around,” he said.

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