Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre suspended himself indefinitely for “committing egregious acts of managerial malaise” while managing Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
Among the offenses for which the 72-year-old Torre was cited were resting his eyes during the 6th inning of a first round loss against Mexico, leaving the dugout for at least 20 minutes for an extended nature call during the Team Canada game, and calling for Mariano Rivera to close against Italy.
Torre will travel to MLB headquarters in New York City where he will have a meeting with himself to appeal the suspension.
“I’ll give me every opportunity to state my case,” Torre wrote in his blog on MLB.com.
Torre said he is considering extending the suspension into the summer, which would remove himself from duties as manager of the softball team on which his 16-year-old daughter plays.