TORRE IN? Joe Torre, out of uniform since he was fired in 1984 as Atlanta Braves manager, will be named the St. Louis Cardinals' manager Wednesday, a television station reported last night.

Station KSDK, quoting "a highly reliable source," said Torre will get the job from which Whitey Herzog resigned on July 6. Torre, a former St. Louis player, earned the NL Most Valuable Player award with the Cardinals in 1971.

ANOTHER CHANCE: Nolan Ryan, 43, will try for victory No. 300 again tonight against the Brewers in Milwaukee.

"I'd like to get it over with as soon as possible," he said. "I don't want to disappoint people. I have a lot of people coming to this game. It's an inconvenience for them but they want to be a part of it. They've shared in my career."

N.Y.'S STATE OF MIND: New York Governor Mario Cuomo said yesterday that the state and New York City will never own the Yankees because organized baseball wouldn't permit public ownership.

"It's never going to happen . . . They wouldn't let governments in. Why? They want to keep it to themselves," said Cuomo, during a radio interview of baseball's team owners. "You see how hard it is to buy a franchise. Why? Because they're gold."

The San Diego Union reported Sunday that Joan Kroc, the former owner of the San Diego Padres, raised the possibility of giving the team to that city last fall.

"Unfortunately, they {a baseball owners' committee} turned her down," said San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor. The Padres were later sold to a group of private investors for $75 million.

OBITUARY: Charles "Red" Barrett died Saturday at his home in Wilson, N.C., after a long illness. He was 75. Barrett set the record for fewest pitches in a nine-inning game in 1944 with the Boston Braves when he faced 27 batters and threw only 58 pitches in a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.