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Dale Murphy to Coach First Base for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

February 23rd, 2013 at 8:40 PM
By Cody Fields

Atlanta Braves fan favorite Dale Murphy will serve as Team USA's first base coach in the World Baseball Classic, braves.com reports.

The 56-year-old Murphy, whose no. 3 jersey is retired by the Braves, will serve under former Braves and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre, who managed Murph in the early 80s. He also joins former Braves Greg Maddux, who is the pitching coach, and former teammate Gerald Perry, who will be Team USA's hitting coach.

"It's going to be a really neat experience," Murphy said of being on the U.S. coaching staff. "I haven't been in that capacity for years. When Joe asked me to do it, I couldn't be more excited. The guys are excited and the players are excited. We want to do better. We want to compete. It's going to be fun. I'm really looking forward to it."

Team USA's camp will run March 3-6 at Chase Field in Phoenix, where Craig Kimbrel report as their closer. Team USA's first game is scheduled for March 8 against Mexico. If the American squad can hold out through the championship game, that would take his tenure through March 19.

In the meantime, Murphy is pulling double duty as an on-field instructor for the Braves' first four Spring Training games before heading upstairs as an analyst on the game radio broadcast.

 

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