Joe Torre was fired yesterday as manager of the Atlanta Braves after a three-year stint in which he led the team to one divisional championship and a pair of second-place finishes.
Eddie Haas is expected to be named to replace Torre at a news conference today. Haas, 49, managed the Braves' Class AAA Richmond team from 1981 until two months ago, when he became Atlanta's first-base coach. Haas was the unanimous choice of a search committee when Bobby Cox was fired after the 1981 season but Ted Turner, the Braves' owner, chose Torre instead.
"He just felt we had reached a point and sort of stagnated there," Torre, 44, said of Turner, who told the manager of his dismissal during a 25-minute meeting in the offices at the Turner Broadcasting Co.
"He feels they are capable of winning, and I have to agree with him," said Torre, who inherited a team that had finished no higher than third in the 13 seasons before he took over.
Torre said he had no immediate plans but listed managing as the No. 1 priority in his life and broadcasting as the second.
Turner signed Torre to a two-year contract extension July 2 worth an estimated $425,000.
"Probably the worst thing that happened to me was winning the first year we were here because you got people's mouths watering for what's next, and we really never got to that next plateau," Torre said at a news conference after his firing . . .
Bob Lurie, owner of the San Francisco Giants since 1976, cited "continuing financial losses" in announcing that the National League baseball club is for sale.
Lurie said he will listen to offers from any buyer who promises to keep the team in San Francisco, where it has played since 1958. Lurie and a partner, Bud Hurseth, purchased the team in 1976 after the former owner, Horace Stoneham, had agreed in principle to sell the team to a group which would have moved the Giants to Toronto . . .
Bruce Sutter of the St. Louis Cardinals and Dan Quisenberry of the Kansas City Royals were named winners of the 1984 Rolaids Relief Man awards, given annually to the best relief pitchers in each league.
They join Rollie Fingers as the only relievers to win the award four times. Quisenberry becomes the first pitcher to win it three years in a row.
Sutter (5-7) tied Quisenberry's major-league record of 45 saves. He finished with 93 points in the voting. Runner-up in the National League was Lee Smith of the Chicago Cubs (9-7, 33 saves) with 77 points. In the American League, Quisenberry (6-3, 44 saves) had 97 points, 14 more than Bill Caudill of the Oakland A's (9-7, 36 saves) . . .
Earl Weaver wants to return to baseball and says, "There are several clubs who have made me offers."
"There is no indication at this time that my contract with ABC will be renewed after the current postseason playoffs and World Series," said Weaver, who resigned as manager of the Baltimore Orioles two years ago.