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“I leave people out there longer than I should sometimes, or let people play longer than they probably should sometimes. Sometimes it makes them stronger in the long run, makes the club a better ballclub.”

The Blue Jays honored Gaston with a pregame ceremony on Wednesday night in their home finale. After the Jays beat the Yankees, they showered Gaston with beer and water to celebrate a career in which he was the first black manager to win a World Series.

“I got pretty emotional the other night when you find out you touched that many people’s lives,” he said.

On the field in Los Angeles, the Dodgers gave Torre a specially commissioned painting of him in a Dodgers uniform.

“We’ve had some magical moments,” Torre told the fans. “I can tell you one thing, I am leaving you and the players in very good hands. Don Mattingly is very special.”

Torre told the crowd that the last three of his dozen years managing the New York Yankees were “very stressful years for me. I just wasn’t sure if managing was going to be fun anymore.”

He credited Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who was booed, general manager Ned Colletti, and his wife and daughter for making baseball fun again.

Torre’s career includes managing the Mets, Atlanta, St. Louis, and most memorably, the Yankees, whom he guided to four World Series championships before leaving in 2007.

Torre’s players trickled into his office in recent days to bid personal farewells to the 70-year-old.

He led the Dodgers into the playoffs his first two seasons in Los Angeles but he left with his first 162-game losing season since 1984, when he managed the Braves.

Torre had his wife, daughter, and three in-laws from Cincinnati on hand, while his 78-year-old brother and former big leaguer Frank watched from Florida.

Torre’s future includes a brief Hawaiian vacation and then getting busy selling tables for his foundation’s dinner honoring Derek Jeter in New York on Nov. 11.

He said it’s safe to say he’s definitely retiring from managing, although he couldn’t resist joking that all the farewell fuss “is really going to go right out the tubes when I manage again next year.”

Hitting coach Don Mattingly already has been hired to succeed Torre.

Torre maybe broadcast some baseball and said he would consider managing in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

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