MLB betting news from Los Angeles has been as smoggy as the air as Torre remains non-committal about is future plans for the 2011 baseball betting online campaign.
Torre has repeatedly stated that he wants to focus on the present as his Dodgers are in the fight for a playoff spot although they have been fading as of late, trailing the first place San Diego Padres in the National League West Division by 9 games and also losing ground in the wild card race.
“I think that is only fair,” said Torre in regards to his silence. “If this game takes total concentration, then I don’t want to put myself ahead of that.”
Torre did talk to Dodger officials about an extension during spring training but when an agreement was not reached he decided to put off future talks until after the season in order to try and avoid distractions to the team.
“My wife and I have talked about it some, but I haven’t really spent a lot of time on it,” said Torre. “Hopefully, the invitation will still be there from the ballclub. I have to let them know, but I’m certainly not losing sleep over it.”
Torre, who turned 70 last month, is in the final MLB betting season of a 3-year $13 million deal. He has also discussed remaining with the Dodgers as a consultant while giving up the managerial reigns.
“I don’t know how much I want to do, but I still want to be involved with baseball,” said Torre. “That is the only security I have of knowing what I’m doing.”
It has been a tough month for the Dodgers with the MLB odds as they were near the top of the division at the all star break but have suffered from a slumping offense that fell to 17th in the majors for run production and a pitching staff that was once the backbone of the team that ranked 15th for earned run average.
Another dark cloud hanging over the franchise is the divorce of the McCourts, who own the team. Frank and Jamie McCourt are in a bitter divorce battle that is making embarrassing headlines for the team.
There is also concern that the Dodgers may cut expenses because of the spat and as a result become less appealing with handicappers betting the baseball lines.