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Torre OK with not being at All-Star Game

Torre OK with not being at All-Star Game

ANAHEIM -- Joe Torre is not an All-Star coach, and the future Hall of Famer has no problem with that.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, who will take the reins of the National League at this summer's All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium, announced his coaching staff last week, and while Torre's name may be conspicuous by its absence, the Dodgers manager said it is the right decision.

"I would be more of a distraction than a help," said Torre, who skippered six American League All-Star teams due to his pennant-winning Yankees squads, and he played in another nine. "The All-Star Game is about the players. It is not about me."

Torre will actually be in New York the Monday prior to the game, hosting his Safe At Home Foundation golf tournament at Trump National in Westchester.

An All-Star for the Braves and the Cardinals in his 18-year playing career, Torre started four times as a catcher and twice as a third baseman, including 1971, when he won his lone batting title while hitting .363 with St. Louis. He also was behind the plate in 1964 at Shea Stadium and caught starter Don Drysdale.

"I played in a number of All-Star Games and they were all special," Torre said. "When I managed, I got a kick out of the young kids who were playing in their first one."

Hurdle asked Mets manager Willie Randolph and Padres manager Bud Black along with Rockies coaches to join his National League staff for the Midsummer Classic. Red Sox manager Terry Francona will be at the helm of the AL squad in Yankee Stadium's final season.

"It is going to be a great spectacle," Torre said. "It is what people are talking about in New York. The tradition, that stadium."

Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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