Highly decorated former MLB baseball manager Joe Torre has been named to manage the Team USA squad when they participate in the World Baseball Classic next season.
”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,” Torre said in a statement released by USA Baseball. ”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 former player himself, Torre first managed the New York Mets starting in 1977, managing a total of 5 teams before retiring in 2010 when he was the Los Angeles Dodgers manager. He was most successful with his 11 years as the New York Yankees manager, winning 4 World Series and aging to American League manager of the year awards.
He takes over Team USA from current Washington National’s manager Davey Johnson.
The nearly 72-year-old Torre, has stressed that just because he has accepted the job as the manager of Team USA, the decision doesn’t mean he wants to come out of retirement again and stated he is very happy with his position as MLB’s executive VP for baseball operations.
“I have no ambition to audition for another job,” Torre said.