Torre's book deal raises two immediate questions for me:
1. Did the Dodgers know when they hired him that the man they expect to turn their dysfunctional team around and lead them into the playoffs was going to be spending most of 2008 with his mind on his old team and the last twelve years? Granted I don't have a ghost writer for ShysterBall, but I have found that my ability to multitask is inversely related to the length of whatever it is I'm writing; and
2. According to the article, Torre is getting a $1.8M advance. By comparison, Andre Agassi was given a $5M advance for his book last year. Does anyone think that nearly three times as many people are going to buy Agassi's book than Torre's?