While first-half stats — and popularity — are determining factors for players reaching the All-Star Game, the same doesn’t necessarily hold true for managers who are added to the coaching staff.
Bruce Bochy of the Giants was named to the NL staff for the July 10 All-Star Game at AT&T Park by Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals, who will manage the senior circuit team. Willie Randolph of the NL East-leading New York Mets will also be on the NL bench with La Russa and Bochy, whose Giants are last in the NL West at 30-41. The home team’s manager has usually been picked for the game. Randolph played for the A’s for part of the 1990 season.
Joining AL manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers will be Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins, who are in third place in the AL Central, and Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers, who have the second-worst record in the majors at 28-44. Washington is a former A’s third base coach.
Hall of Famer and Tigers great Al Kaline will be a special guest of Leyland.
FUTURES ROSTERS: Former Serra High School of San Mateo star Chuck Lofgren, who grew up as a fan of the Giants, will play as a professional at his favorite team’s park. The left-hander for Double-A Akron in the Cleveland Indians’ system was named to the U.S. roster for the July 8 Futures Game at AT&T Park.
Lofgren, the Indians’ No. 2 prospect entering the season, is 6-5 with a 3.89 ERA for the Aeros this season.
Two players the Giants hope to see in the big leagues will be in the game. Shortstop Brian Bocock will play for the U.S., while right-hander Henry Sosa is on the World team. They are teammates at high Class A San Jose. The A’s representative will be right-hander Michael Madsen of Class AA Midland. All 30 teams will be represented in the Futures Game.
NOTABLE MOMENTS IN ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
1955: NL 6, AL 5 (12 innings)
Stan Musial caps the greatest comeback in All-Star history with his walkoff homer. The NL trailed 5-0.
1941: AL 7, NL 5
Dom DiMaggio joins brother Joe as the first siblings to play in the All-Star Game. Vince joins them in ’43.