Joe Torre manages the Yankees in 1998.

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Torre On '98 Yankees: Still Fresh In My Mind How Special They Were

LISTEN: Evan Roberts Interviews Ex-Manager

July 26, 2018 - 1:40 pm
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By WFAN.com

Joe Torre says it's hard to believe it's been 20 years since he managed arguably the greatest team in baseball history.

"It's like being on a subway platform, and the trains go by. And of course, the older you get, you realize you quickly things go by, and it's like a snap of the fingers," the former Yankees skipper told WFAN's Evan Roberts on Thursday.

Roberts was broadcasting live from Torre's Safe at Home Foundation Charity Golf & Tennis Classic at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Westchester County. Torre did the interview by phone, unable to attend because he was sick.

The 1998 Yankees won 114 games in the regular season and 125 overall, an MLB record.

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"Winning 114 games, but even better than that going on to win the World Series was something we felt we needed to do to have anybody notice what we'd done," Torre said. 

"I've been blessed with a great group of guys, they never got tired of winning, they never got tired of working hard, and they always felt they had something to prove to themselves. It's still really fresh in my mind how special those guys were."

Torre, who was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2014, now serves as MLB's chief baseball officer. 

Roberts asked him about the possibility of the National League adopting the designated hitter. Torre said he couldn't predict whether that might ultimately happen.

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"It's not on the backburner," Torre said. "It's constantly being talked about, but we just haven't been able to come to an understanding on what we think is best for the game."

How does Torre feel about the subject personally? 

"The issue that I have is the pitchers in the American League who don't do that a whole lot," he said, citing when former Yankees pitcher Chien-Ming Wang injured his foot running the bases in 2008. "The National League's a little easier because they make it a part of their daily ritual, batting practice and stuff -- I'm sure they're doing more of that now."

Torre also discussed the wild-card format, the proliferation at the all-or-nothing approach at the plate and the work his foundation is doing. To listen to the interview, click on the audio player above.