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Joe Torre to manage USA in 2013 World Baseball Classic
The pinstripes are long gone, but Joe Torre will now wear the stars and stripes and manage Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. MLB announced the news shortly after noon Thursday.
"I am honored to be selected to lead Team USA in the 2013 World Baseball Classic,” Torre said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to have many different experiences throughout my career, but being a part of Team USA will be a first, and I am very excited about it. I look forward to the challenge of representing the United States when this tournament celebrates the global growth of our national pastime next year."
A conference call with the media is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Buck Martinez managed Team USA in the first WBC in 2006, and Davey Johnson led the team in 2009. The U.S. has yet to finish better than fourth in the international tournament. The dates and sites for the 2013 Classic will be announced in the coming weeks, MLB said, but for the first time, there will be qualifying rounds played in 2012.
Torre came to the Yankees after the 1995 season under the infamous "Clueless Joe" headlines, based on his past managerial record. Torre was 894-1,003 (.471) in 14 seasons with three teams (Mets, Braves, Cardinals).
He led the Yankees to a World Series victory in 1996 -- his first ever and the team's first since 1978 -- then won three straight from 1998-2000. In his 12 years as Yankees manager, Torre reached the playoffs 12 times, won six American League pennants and four World Series.
After leaving the Yankees, Torre managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2008-10 with a record of 259-227.
“We are thrilled to announce Joe Torre as the manager of the U.S. for the upcoming World Baseball Classic,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “Joe’s track record as a manager speaks for itself, and we’re excited to have his leadership in place as we attempt to secure our first World Baseball Classic title.”