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Piniella added to NL coaching staff

Piniella added to NL coaching staff

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Lou Piniella is an All-Star.

Piniella, 64, was named to National League All-Star manager Clint Hurdle's coaching staff on Thursday. The Cubs skipper replaces former New York Mets manager Willie Randolph, who was fired earlier this month. Piniella joins San Diego manager Bud Black and the Rockies coaching staff on the NL team.

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The 79th All-Star Game will be played July 15 at Yankee Stadium, which is in its final season.

"I'm happy that they asked," Piniella said Thursday. "I look forward to going to New York. It'll be the last time I'm in Yankee Stadium. I played there, I managed there, coached there, I was a general manager. It'll be fun for me, and I'm appreciative that I was asked, and I'm looking forward to helping Clint Hurdle out in any way I can."

Piniella was named to the All-Star team as a player in 1972 when he was with the Kansas City Royals. He called Yankee Stadium home when he played for the team from 1974-84, and managed the Yankees from 1986-88.

This will be the third time he will be a member of the All-Star coaching staff -- he was on the American League staff in 2000 and 2001. He also managed the National League team in 1991 at SkyDome in Toronto.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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