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08/06/09 9:16 PM ET
Torre holds Dodgers team meeting
Manager won't reveal topic of mandatory gathering
By David Ely / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Every day, the team's pregame schedule is written out on the white board inside the Dodgers' clubhouse. Before Thursday's game, however, there was an item on the board that isn't a regular part of the Dodgers' routine. At 3:50 p.m PT, the Dodgers held a team meeting, in which attendance was mandatory. "I just had something I needed to say. It really didn't have to do with the way we're playing," Torre said after the fact. Torre would not say the reason for the meeting, or if it had anything to do with the incident where Milwaukee's Prince Fielder attempted to barge into the Dodgers' clubhouse Tuesday night after he was hit by a Guillermo Mota fastball in the ninth inning of a 17-4 Dodgers' win. "If I wanted you to be in on this, I would have invited you into it," Torre told inquiring reporters. Torre said that when it comes to meetings of this nature, he doesn't go into them with a detailed plan. "I don't make a plan," he said. "When I feel I have to say something, at my age I want to make sure I say it before I forget about it. "... A lot of it's for me. If I feel I want to say something, I'll say it -- get it off my chest. Even if it wasn't necessary to have [a meeting], I feel better about doing it."
David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.