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Joe Torre quits MLB post to join group trying to buy Dodgers

January 4, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Joe Torre has quit his job as Major League Baseball's executive vice president to join a group that's trying to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The group is headed by real estate developer Rick Caruso, who is behind the Grove and the Americana at Brand.

"In Rick I found a partner who understands consumers and fully appreciates that the Dodgers are a treasured L.A. institution," Torre said in a statement.

Torre managed the team from 2008 to 2010, then retired and joined the MLB last February as a top aide to Commissioner Bug Selig.

"Joe has a proven track record of fielding winning teams, and I am looking forward to our group benefiting from his unique experience," Caruso said in a statement.

In November, Torre said he was approached by several would-be buyers of the Dodgers who expressed interest in him being part of their ownership group.