You probably all knew this already, but Torre has the respect of the players. Last weeks issue of Sports Illustrated released the results of their weekly player poll which asked, "which manager would you most like to play for?" Unsurprisingly, Torre was 2nd on the list at 16% of 380 polled ballplayers- only to be outdone by Bobby Cox at 25%.
This week Sports Illustrated flips it around and ask "which manager do you least want to play for?" The winner here is Lou Pinella at 26% with Ozzie Guillen coming in strong at 21%. My only thought here is that there must be something in the water in Chicago. It can't be a coincidence that they both manage there.