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Torre time machine

Former Cardinals manager Joe Torre's chair hasn't even cooled in the Dodger Stadium manager's office and alread the rumors are flying that he's headed back to New York to take his old job back.

Not the one with the Yankess. Think farther back...

A report on ESPN over the weekend said the Mets would like to bring Torre back to the team that gave him his first job as a major league skipper.

Torre was the manager of the Mets from 1977-81 and put together a 286-420 record. He was fired and then became the manager of the Braves from 1982 until 1984. He was a broadcaster for six years before the Cardinals brought him back from 1990-95. He managed the Yankees from 1996-2008 and the Dodgers the last two seasons.

Torre apparently grew weary of the internal strife in Dodgertown and the lack of a investment in the team's roster because of the divorce of the team's owners. The Mets have a big payroll -- But even bigger holes with a pathetic pitching staff and a highly paid -- but very fragile batting order. At 70 years old, Torre's not looking for a rebuilding project, but a quick turnaround.

He apparently still wants to manage. But a comfy chair in the broadcast booth might be a better landing spot.