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Joe Torre to manage Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Jun 14, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

Joe Torre - Dodgers AP

Joe Torre has served as MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations since retiring as Dodgers manager in late 2010–with a brief break while he pursued ownership of the team–but the 71-year-old future Hall of Famer has decided to take on another managing gig.

Torre has been chosen as Team USA’s manager for the World Baseball Classic in March of 2013. Four years ago Davey Johnson managed the WBC team along with a star-studded coaching staff that included Mike Schmidt, Barry Larkin, Mel Stottlemyre, Billy Ripken, Reggie Smith, and Marcel Lachemann.

No word yet on who will be on Torre’s staff and presumably the WBC job won’t lead to Torre following in Johnson’s footsteps by eventually becoming an MLB manage again, but if anyone is well-equipped to manager a team full of All-Stars it’s certainly Torre. He managed 29 seasons for the Mets, Cardinals, Braves, Yankees and Dodgers, winning four World Series titles and two manager of the year awards.

Team USA finished in fourth place under Johnson in 2009 and tied for sixth place under manager Buck Martinez in 2006, with Team Japan winning both tournaments.

  1. tcostant - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Japan always wins, who is managing them?

    • jwbiii - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      Sadaharu Oh, Fukuoka Hawks manager in 2006, and Hatsunori Hara, Yomiuri Giants manager in 2009. I think Hara will be back.

  2. astrosfan75956 - Jun 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    USA needs to win a WBC soon.

    • kpow55 - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      How do they not win?

      With the available names to pick from?

      Just field and outfield of Kemp, Trout & Hamilton. There is 5 runs a game right there.

      Throw in Weaver & Verlander to pitch.

      According to ESPN stats, 72% of the MLB is USA born. 72% of 1280 is 921. A pool of 921 people to pick from!!!!

      It would be like a team of NBA players getting bronze at the Olympics….. wait….never mind.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Was Mike Quade unavailable/

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Was Mike Quade unavailable?

  5. tuftsb - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Does Torre have incriminating pictures of MLB executives and sportswriters? I do not understand the unfettered affection and constant offering of positions and participation in ownership groups.

  6. daisycutter1 - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    OH NO.

    And I hope every starter can go 9, because I doubt Team USA will get any decent relief pitchers to sign on now.

  7. jricciotti - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    I like it…Now is the time to put together a great baseball TEAM. How is the US going to play this? Like a parade like they have done the last two times? Or to put together a squad that WANTS to compete at the highest level for our country…This would be my team.

    C – AJ Pierzynski – AJ defines want the team would be about. 110% in to every game. He wouldn’t shut down the opposing teams running games, but he’ll be behind the dish every game, manages the pitching staff well, and will mash from the left side of the plate.

    1B – Josh Hamilton – Arguably the best offensive player in the game. His skills in the outfield have slipped a bit, but it’d be nice to have his offensive prodcution from first base. Hamilton seems like the type of player that would relish this opportunity.

    2B – Dustin Pedroia – Another grinder type player. His effort is unmatched and he is a rock solid player all around.

    SS – Derek Jeter – Jeter is vet leader every team needs. He knows how to win and his relationship with Torre would certainly be a factor in this decision. Jeter is the ultimate team player, and that’s what baseball is all about.

    3B – Evan Longoria – Desptie his injuries this season, Longoria is by far the best third baseman in the game. He’s an all around threat and a pitchers nightmare. He is a bonafide middle of the order hitter on this team.

    LF – Mike Trout – CF – Matt Kemp – RF – Bryce Harper – Outfield is of the utmost importance in the international game. Speed and throwing ability is huge. The Japanese are extremely fast and we have to have guys capable of making contact at the plate, lot’s of speed, and a great glove. These guys flip the bill IMO.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

      Who wouldn’t love to see those guys play for the USA?

      • jricciotti - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

        Actual Batting Order…

        SS – Jeter
        2B – Pedroia
        CF – Kemp
        1B – Hamilton
        3B – Longoria
        RF – Harper
        LF – Trout
        C – Pierzynski

        Bench:
        Victorino – Lot’s versatilty here with Victorino. He can run the bases in late inning situations and is completely capable of filling in for either Trout or Harper is one of them struggles.

        David Freese – He can fill in for Longoria if need be. He’s as clutch as we’ve seen, as displayed last year.

        Mike Napoli – Can fill in both at Catcher and First Base if needed, good power and his versatility in being able to play two spots gets him on the team in my opinion.

        Zach Cozart – Cozart would have to be able to play 2B/SS if need be. He’s rock solid defensively, very athletic and would understand his role on the team.

        Anchoring the pitching rotation would be Clayton Kershaw. I would choose him to be our lead dog in this particular setting. Followed by Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg, and Chris Sale. Those guys are all flat out nasty. I’d say ‘Good Luck’ to international baseball teams facing a rotation like that.

        In the relief department, Craig Kimbel would be my closer. Hanrahan, Jim Johnson, Matt Thornton, Ryan Cook, Aaron Crow, Scott Downs, and Brett Myers would be my relieft staff…Sexy? No, but those are some of the best in the game.

        Thoughts?

  8. wj4122 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Harper……..you must be a nats fan because to put him on team USA with about 5 minns of playing experience would be beyond retarded.

  9. wj4122 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Contact guys you said right…….Harper just went 0 for 7 with 5 strikeouts showing about as much plate discipline as Reynolds

  10. wj4122 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:57 AM

    Who was voted by players to be the worst teammate and most hated guy….aj p. another great pick sir!!!!

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