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Torre says 'No stress' in job as MLB executive

Sunday - 8/18/2013, 5:50pm  ET

Aguadulce, Panama's Jean Cornejo, left, is tagged out at home by Tijuana, Mexico's Alexander Artalejo on a fielder's choice by Jordan Agrazal during the third inning of a baseball game in International pool play at the Little League World Series tournament, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in South Williamsport, Pa. Agrazal reached first base on the play. Tijuana, Mexico won 13-0 in four innings. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

AP Sports Writer

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- For the headlines he still makes and attention he attracts, Joe Torre is enjoying his second year on the job as Major League Baseball's executive vice president.

"It's a lot of hard work, but there's no stress," Torre said, leaning back comfortably on a leather couch beneath Lamade Stadium at the Little League World Series on Sunday.

"There's no stress. I mean, trying to get a point across to some people caused me some stress," he said with a smile.

But this job is nothing compared to his old job managing the Mets, Braves, Cardinals, Yankees, and finally the Dodgers.

"The stress of winning, you don't realize it until you're away from the game," Torre said. "People come up and say, 'Boy, you look good.'"

That, of course, led to him making a self-deprecating crack.

"For me to look good takes a lot," Torre said.

The four-time World Series winner traveled from New York to South Williamsport, where he was given the William A. Shea Distinguished Little League graduate award. This was his second visit to the Little League World Series, the first as a broadcaster a few years ago after he was fired by the Dodgers.

He still maintains his home in California, and travels occasionally to his MLB office in New York. It's because of that, Torre said, that he nearly missed out on learning of the Bill Shea award.

The invitation was sent to New York, and was sitting on his desk, when a colleague mentioned the honor to Torre at the All-Star Game.

"When I found out they were interested in honoring me, and said, 'They're going to do it, whether you're there or not,' I said, 'No, I've got to find a way to get there," Torre said. "This is not something that comes across your desk and brush it aside."

Though there wasn't a Little League team around when he was growing in Brooklyn ("I'm old," Torre said), he's a big supporter.

"These kids are going to take these memories for the rest of their lives," Torre said. "It's not necessarily the fact that they won or lost, it's just being here and being part of this is special."


ANGUS KNOWS BASEBALL: Canadian outfielder Angus Adams just might have all the answers when it comes to major league ball players.

Just go ahead and try to stump him.

"You can ask him any major league ball player, he'll know," Ottawa, Canada manager Mark Keeping said. "You say, 'second baseman for the Padres?' He knows."

And sure enough, Adams was put to the test by reporters and teammates following Canada's 4-3 win over Brno, Czech Republic on Saturday, which kept Ottawa (1-1) alive in the two-loss elimination tournament.

Adams was perfect. He didn't hesitate in naming Yonder Alonso as the Padres' second basemen.

How about, the Chicago Cubs right fielder, teammate David Legault wondered.

"Nate Schierholts," Adams said.

A reporter then tried one: Houston Astros catcher?

The 13-year-old Adams barely blinked in saying: "Jason Castro."


ONE TOUGH INNING: Max Popken, an infielder/outfielder for Westport, Conn., was struck in the head with a pitch in the fifth inning against Sammamish, Wash., on Sunday. Once he shook that off and took first base, he was struck in the leg with a line drive, hit by Chad Knight.

Popken was called out for being hit with a ball in fair territory. He did not return to the field in the bottom half of the inning.


CONSECO COMPLAINING: Former major leaguer Jose Canseco went to Twitter on Saturday, complaining about the home plate umpire during Saturday's LLWS game between Corpus Christi, Texas, and Nashville, Tenn.

The majority of his tweets were about the umpire's strike zone. He called the umpire "terrible" and said his strike zone was "horrible."

Nashville won the game 10-2.

Little League officials declined to comment about the Canseco tweets.


SURPRISE FOR TORRE: While Torre knew he was being honored, he didn't know until a few minutes before the presentation that the Shea award would be presented by Mike Mussina. He's the former Yankees pitcher who played for Torre from 2001-07.

"Moose!" Torre said, as Mussina entered the room before the ceremony.

Following the presentation Mussina sat in the stands with his family and was later joined by Torre.

Mussina, 44, is a member of the Little League Baseball board of directors and still resides in his hometown of Montoursville, Pa., just three miles from the Little League complex.

Mussina had a busy weekend. On Saturday, he was in Rochester to be inducted into the Triple-A Red Wings Hall of Fame. Mussina spent 1991 playing for the Red Wings, the Baltimore Orioles affiliate.


AP freelancers Jim Carlson and Todd Hoover contributed to this report.

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