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Joe Torre goes Hollywood

February 2, 2010 |  6:20 pm

Alas, in a New York kinda way.

Fabforum Joe Torre is about to start his third season as the Dodgers manager, but it's hard to forget those New York roots.

Torre is scheduled to appear in two TV series in the next month, beginning next Monday on ABC's "Castle'' and then

March 11 on CBS' "Garry Unmarried.''

Apparently he's not ready to stretch his thespian talents just yet. In both episodes, he plays ... Joe Torre.

The "Castle'' series takes place in New York, where a suspense writer tags along with a female detective who is his latest muse. Just go with it.

The Torre episode is called "Suicide Squeeze,'' which ABC describes as about a beloved former major league baseball player found dead after a goodwill trip to Cuba. Torre leads the detectives into New York's Cuban community to help solve the murder. And maybe discover a fifth starter.

Can't figure out what city "Garry Unmarried'' takes place, but it's not Manhattan. A suburb somewhere. Torre previously did the voice work, playing himself, in the animated "Everyone's Hero,'' where a kid tries to return a Babe Ruth bat to Yankee Stadium.

Maybe next, Torre expand into the L.A. area, say heading down to Malibu to join Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men.'' Could wave to one of the McCourt joints.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Steve Dilbeck is The Times' new Dodger blogger. You can learn more about him here.

Photo: Joe Torre in silhouette. Credit: Kirby Lee, U.S. Presswire.