Joe Torre, fired three weeks ago as manager of the Atlanta Braves, rejected an offer from team owner Ted Turner to become a commentator for the team. "I'm interested in working in broadcasting, but I don't think this would have been right," said Torre. "I think everybody would have been a little uncomfortable . . . ."

Bill Bergesch, 57, vice president of baseball operations for the New York Yankees, has been named general manager of the Cincinnati Reds. Bob Howsam served last season as general manager as well as president and chief executive officer for the Reds. . . .

Frederick, Md., officials rejected a proposed move by a minor-league team -- because a youth league has dibs on the field.

After courting the Peninsula Pilots -- the Philadelphia Phillies' Class A Carolina League affiliate based in Hampton, Va. -- for three years, the Board of Aldermen voted, 3-2, to refuse the team's bid to relocate to Frederick, 40 miles northwest of Baltimore.

"It got locked in on one point." said Mayor Ron Young. "They didn't want to share."

Frank Martz, president of the Frederick Babe Ruth league, denied opposing the move: "We're trying to protect and maintain our continued success." The city has been represented in three youth World Series since 1980.