Joe Torre’s Opening Day in LA

I’ve never been a New York Yankees fan, having spent many years in Queens cheering on the Mets and being rewarded in 1986, when they won the World Series. I have a working-class soul, and the Yankees have always struck me as arrogant, a team of guys who wear pin stripes being cheered on by fans in pin-striped suits.  

But my feelings for the Bronx Bombers notwithstanding, I love Joe Torre. He’s a class act. I don’t know what happens in the locker room or behind closed doors elsewhere, but Torre comes across as an even-tempered mensch in public, especially compared to the hysterical Steinbrenners.

Torre is a sensitive, home-loving Cancer. He was born July 18, 1940 in Brooklyn. It’s worth noting that George Steinbrenner was born on the Fourth of July, making him a fellow Cancer. But he hasn’t learned to tame his emotions the way that Torre has.

Here’s my take on Torre: The glory days aren’t over for the big guy, though he’s no longer with the Yankees. He’s going to do well managing the Los Angeles Dodgers this year because Jupiter in Capricorn is opposing his Cancer Sun. Do I think LA is going to win the World Series? I can’t answer that because I haven’t done all the number-crunching. But a couple of things are worth pointing out.

Joe Torre is actually back “home” with the Dodgers. He’s a Brooklyn boy and the Dodgers were the home team when he was a kid. This is the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers’ move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. How appropriate that Torre is taking over for this golden anniversary.

The recent move of his progressed Sun into Libra gives me the impression that LA will be good for his marriage and that he will be feeling more partnership-oriented these days.  

Here’s Torre’s chart, courtesy of Astrodienst.

As I have with other charts on this blog, I’ve given Torre a hypothetical time of birth other than noon, which is traditionally used when you don’t know the time. No, this isn’t textbook rectification, but it makes the analysis more fun. I’ve given Torre a Sagittarius rising because that puts his powerful Taurus stellium of Jupiter/Saturn/Uranus in the fifth house of games and entertainment.

This stellium squares another lineup of three planets in Leo — Mercury, Pluto, and Mars — that falls in the eighth house with the Sag rising. Translation? There’s a lot going on underneath the surface with Torre. Never underestimate him because you’ll regret it. The Cancer Sun tightly sextiles Uranus in Taurus, so Torre will surprise you.

My other reasons for the Sag rising? It makes Jupiter the ruler of the chart. In his youth, Torre was advised to become a catcher because he was heavy and he still makes jokes about his weight. This is not inconsistent with a Sag rising.

Also, Torre’s tenure with the Yankees began at the end of 1995, and basically continued for the time that Pluto was transiting Sagittarius. The 12-year period with the Yankees, which included four World Series championships, also mirrors a Jupiter cycle through the 12 signs.

More Sag/Jupiter energy: In addition to baseball, Torre loves the ponies and has owned some winning horses.

Even if I’m wrong about the Sag rising, it doesn’t change the powerful Taurus/Leo stelliums in his chart. This is a powerful guy who has learned how to control his energy. The Mars/Pluto aspect is quite common in the charts of athletes but it can have a dark side. As a child, Torre witnessed a lot of abuse in his home before his parents split up. To give kids and spouses a place to run, the Cancer native and wife Ali founded the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation: http://www.joetorre.org/en/pages/default.aspx

Torre has a sister who’s a nun, but do I think he’s a saint? No. My Sag rising chart puts a fickle Venus in Gemini in the seventh house of relationships, and he’s on his third marriage. Anybody who has ever read Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” knows what goes on after the game. Groupies are part of the landscape in professional sports. I’m sure Torre had lots of fun in his day.

But unlike Eliot Spitzer, he didn’t pursue a career as a prosecutor and a defender of public morals. Joe Torre’s job is to win baseball games, and he’s very good at it. When Torre isn’t winning, he doesn’t throw a temper tantrum. He merely gets that stoic look on his face. Evidently, that countenance doesn’t come naturally.

Asked who was cooler, him or Derek Jeter, Torre recently told Time magazine: “Oh, Derek Jeter without a doubt. He doesn’t show emotion. I don’t want to say he’s emotionless, but he harnessed it as good as anybody. It took me a long time to get this poker face.”

Today is opening day for Joe Torre and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They play the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Good luck, Joe!

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