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Torre named to All-Star coaching staff

June 17, 2009 |  9:28 am

Torre Dodgers Manager Joe Torre has been selected as one of the National League coaches for the July 14 All-Star Game in St. Louis.

Torre played for the St. Louis Cardinals for six years and managed them for an additional five. He won the NL Most Valuable Player award as a Cardinal in 1971, when he hit .363 with 24 home runs and 137 runs batted in.

Torre and Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa were selected as coaches by NL Manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies, with Trey Hillman of the Kansas City Royals and Don Wakamatsu of the Seattle Mariners selected as coaches by the American League manager, Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays.

Maddon, formerly the bench coach under Angels Manager Mike Scioscia,  told The Times' Kevin Baxter last week that he wanted to pick Scioscia but league officials advised otherwise, since Scioscia almost certainly will coach next season, when the All-Star Game is played in Anaheim.

-- Bill Shaikin

Photo: Dodgers Manager Joe Torre. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

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