Joe Torre Picks Coaching Staff for World Baseball Classic
New York, NY
Team USA manager Joe Torre has finalized his coaching staff for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, picking three former managers and retired Atlanta Braves players Dale Murphy and Greg Maddux.
The team will have Maddux as pitching coach while Murphy as first-base coach, Larry Bowa as bench coach, Marcel Lachemann as bullpen/pitching coach, Gerald Perry as hitting coach and Willie Randolph as third-base coach.
"We are pleased to announce Team USA's coaching staff, which will join manager Joe Torre for the 2013 World Baseball Classic," USA Baseball executive director and CEO Paul Seiler said.
"They bring unprecedented credentials to the team, and we look forward to March when they represent our country in the game's premier international competition," Seiler added.
Bowa worked as manager for the San Diego Padres and Philadelphia Phillies, Lachemann was a former skipper of the Los Angeles Angels and Randolph managed the Mets while Perry is a longtime Major League hitting coach with the Mariners, Pirates, A's and Cubs.
Lachemann has vast Team USA experience, including in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
An 18-year Major League veteran, Murphy was a seven-time National League All-Star and two-time NL MVP Award winner while Maddux won 355 games in a 23-year career that included four NL Cy Young Awards.
Torre said he is excited about the coaching staff that he picked for Team USA for next year's event.
"Our focus is to win this tournament while ensuring that all of our players return to their clubs healthy and ready to compete in the regular season. All of us are looking forward to the privilege of representing the USA," Torre said.
The 71-year-old Torre won 2,326 games over 29 seasons with the Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.
After his retirement, he joined Major League's front office, working as MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations since 2011.
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