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05/13/09 7:36 PM ET

Manuel tabs Torre to join All-Star staff

Dodgers manager eager to return to St. Louis for Classic

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Torre had other plans around the All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14. But it looks like the Dodgers manager will have to change them -- and let a little secret go as to why.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel selected Torre to be part of his National League coaching staff for the All-Star Game. The managers of the respective World Series teams get to select two managers to be part of their coaching staffs for the Midsummer Classic the following season.

Manuel tapped Torre.

"I'm honored he asked me and I'm definitely going to go," Torre said. "It will be fun. It's in St. Louis, and going back there will be nice. Charlie called me about it a week ago. At the time, I was scheduled to do something, getting everyone together for my sister's 80th birthday, which I suppose I gave away now. We'll have to restructure that.

"It's been a while. It's a great perk. I'll just show up and have fun, talk to the fans, sign autographs. I don't have to worry about carrying around a fungo bat."

Torre, who played six years in St. Louis and managed the Cardinals for six years, has had some success as a six-time American League All-Star manager when he was with the Yankees, going 5-0-1. Torre hinted that Manuel's other selection could be St. Louis skipper Tony La Russa, considering St. Louis is hosting the game this season.

"Normally over the last number of years, the manager brings his own staff with him, but there isn't a lot of decision-making for the manager, which is good," Torre said. "We're in Milwaukee just before the All-Star Game, and that's lucky as opposed to being somewhere out west."

Joseph Santoliquito is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.