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Cardinals decide to keep Torre

Joe Torre survived a front-office shake-up with the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, getting a chance to prove himself under new general manager Walt Jocketty.

However, Torre did not get the contract extension he had been seeking. His contract runs through next season, which will put the heat on him to produce immediately.

"No, I did not get my extension," Torre said. "But I was very comfortable in our meetings over the last couple of weeks. I'm pleased to be back to manage."

Two of Torre's coaches weren't so lucky. The contracts of pitching coach Joe Coleman, whose staff had a 5.14 ERA, and third-base coach Bucky Dent were not renewed.

The Cardinals in essence replaced Coleman with two pitching coaches, Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson and Mark Riggins. Gibson will be the bullpen coach and Torre's assistant, and Riggins, the pitching coach at Class AAA Louisville the past five seasons, will be the designated pitching coach.

The Cardinals also moved Gaylen Pitts to third-base coach.

Torre has managed the Cardinals for four seasons, producing a second-place showing in 1991 and three thirds, including a 53-61 record this season. His overall record with St. Louis is 331-327.

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