5/17/2008 12:17:00 PM

Torre May Not Have Accepted All Star Coaching Gig

Posted by Mark McCray |

Associated Press:

"I'm with a new team now," Torre told The Associated Press Friday night after his Los Angeles Dodgers were beaten 4-2 by the Angels. " (Yankees manager) Joe Girardi is a coach for the All-Star Game, and deservedly so. They usually take the local city's managers as coaches. Besides, I'm not sure that if I got a call, I would say yes. Going over there at this point in time, I may serve as more of a distraction than to go over there and help the manager win a ballgame."

National League manager Clint Hurdle, who guided the Colorado Rockies to their first pennant last year, decided not to add Torre to his coaching staff for the game on July 15. Instead he invited San Diego manager Bud Black and New York Mets skipper Willie Randolph, who was a member of Torre's coaching staff in the Bronx for 11 seasons — one of them as bench coach.

"I have no problem with that," Torre said. "I mean, anything that happens at Yankee Stadium is a spectacle, and I'm sure that it's going to be a very special time there. But I have no emotional feelings about it at all."

"I mean, I spent so many days and games in that ballpark and so many special nights — postseason," Torre said. "I mean, I've got a bucket full of memories. The All-Star game certainly is going to be a spectacle, but I'm certainly satisfied with the time I put in there."

Yankees fans will get to cheer Torre's successor, Joe Girardi, who was chosen by AL manager Terry Francona.


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