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Posts Tagged ‘Joe Torre.’

Former utilityman Miguel Cairo filling in as Reds coach for ailing Mark Berry

Miguel Cairo (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

For those fans who watch the Cincinnati Reds baseball games on television, and thought they spotted former utilityman Miguel Cairo on the bench, you’re not mistaken.

Cairo, who played 17 seasons in the majors, was hired as a special assistant to the general manager after retiring after last season, his third with the Reds.

Cairo is serving as the team’s bench coach for third base coach Mark Berry when he is unavailable while undergoing cancer treatments.

During Spring Training games Reds manager Dusty Baker brought Berry into the dugout and inserted his regular bench coach Chris Speier into the third base coaching box.

Cairo certainly has the qualifications to be a coach having played for several top-notch managers, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Baker.

 

USA Baseball announces staff for World Baseball Classic

 

(courtesy of USA Baseball)

USA Baseball has announced the six coaches who will work under manager Joe Torre in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Joining Torre are bench coach Larry Bowa, bullpen/pitching coach Marcel Lachemann, pitching coach Greg Maddux, first base coach Dale Murphy, hitting coach Gerald Perry and third base coach Willie Randolph.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic will be played in March at sites including Arizona, Japan, Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

Joe Torre as NY Yankees manager (photo by Matt314 via wikipedia commons)

 

 

Info courtesy of USA Baseball & MLB

Milwaukee Brewers give Uecker a statue outside Miller Park

 

Bob Uecker (Brewers photo)

Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker was never a great baseball player by any stretch of the imagination. But he is very popular with Brewers fans and baseball fans in general.

For that reason, the Brewers management unveiled a statue on Friday outside of Miller Park of the 77 year old icon.

The 7-foot bronze statue feature Uecker smiling with his hands in his pockets.

Uecker, who grew up in Milwaukee, affectionately dubbed “Mr. Baseball” by Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in the 1970′s, joins Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Former Brewers owner and current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig as the fourth person to have a statue outside the main gates of Miller Park.

The 90-minute ceremony included members of  Uecker’s 80′s hit television show “Mr. Belvedere”, which ran for 117 episodes from 1980 to 1985. Other attending was former Milwaukee Braves teammate Joe Torre and former Brewers star reliever Rollie Fingers.

A righty all the way, Uecker’s claim to fame is that he hit a home run off of Hall of Fame lefty Sandy Koufax. His career totals include a .200 batting average with 14 homers, 74 RBI’s while playing for the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia and Atlanta. He won a World Series championship in 1964 with the Cardinals and was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award in 2003 which puts him in the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Info compiled from Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Radio & TV news

Dodgers outfielder Ethier having huge April

 

Andre Ethier (file photo)

Everybody knew when Andre Ethier entered the major leagues back in 2006, that he was one of the up-and-coming slugging outfielders for the future.

Ethier set a major-league record by extending his hitting streak to 23 games, the longest ever in April. The Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder doubled in the first inning against the Florida Marlins to break the record set by his former manager Joe Torre, who had a 22-game hitting streak in April of 1971. This is Ethier’s longest hitting streak of his short career.

The 29-year-old Ethier came to the Dodgers in a 2005 trade with the Oakland A’s. He has a career batting average of .292 with 100 homers and 384 runs batted in. He was selceted to the N.L. All-Star team in 2010 and won a Silver Slugger Award in 2009.

 

compiled from Los Angeles Dodgers, Radio & TV news

Torre goes from dugout to commissioner’s office

Joe Torre (file photo)

Joe Torre, last year as the Los Angeles Dodgers manager, shocked the baseball world when he said he was retiring.

He wasn’t kidding with the announcement.

The 70-year-old Torre has been hired as Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball operations.

He’ll be reporting to Commissioner Bud Selig.

One of the people Torre will be replacing is chief operating officer Bob DuPuy, who resigned last fall after he spent 8 1/2 years as Selig’s top assistant.

Info compiled from staff & MLB news

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