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Tosca joins All-Star staff
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06/23/2004  7:08 PM ET
Tosca joins All-Star staff
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Carlos Tosca will join Joe Torre's AL coaching staff in Houston. (Aaron Harris/AP)
TORONTO -- For a man who just had some free time erased from his schedule, Carlos Tosca seems downright happy. Toronto's manager won't have to worry about vacation plans for All-Star weekend, because AL manager Joe Torre named him to his coaching staff.

"It's certainly a tremendous honor. Those are the things you dream about, but most of the time they're not going to happen unless you win a championship," Tosca said. "To be going there representing us, and to be a part of Joe Torre's staff, I'm really numb right now."

Tosca's team is just 30-40 this season, but he led the Blue Jays to a surprising 86-win season in 2003. During his two-plus seasons at the helm, Tosca is 171-167. That record makes him just one of five Toronto managers to have a winning record with more than 200 games at the helm.

He doesn't have any idea what role he'll play, but he said he'd be thrilled to get base-coaching duties. He also said this wasn't a complete surprise: Torre brought the idea to him months ago.

"He talked to me in Spring Training and asked me if I'd be interested in going," he said. "Of course, my reply was, 'Yes, I'd be very interested in going.'"

Torre also named Tony Pena, Kansas City's manager, to his coaching staff. Both managers have worked through trying circumstances this season after surprisingly positive campaigns last year.

With both Carlos Delgado and Vernon Wells sidelined, Tosca looked at his lineup card on Wednesday night and saw a name that could join him in Houston. Roy Halladay was on the hill, a fact that the skipper took as a positive omen.

"Maybe the stars are starting to line up for us," he joked. "I'm just going to enjoy myself while I'm there."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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