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Mike Piazza, Luis Gonzalez to manage Futures Game teams

Jul 1, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT

Mike Piazza AP

Mike Piazza will take the helm for the U.S. club and Luis Gonzalez will manage the World team in the 13th annual Futures Game to be played Sunday, July 10.

As usual, MLB has gone with ambassadors, rather than minor league managers, to serve as the managers for the Futures Game.  The staffs for each team will be made up of minor league personnel, including former players Brett Butler, Sal Fasano, Steve Buchele and Brian Harper.

The Futures Game rosters were announced last week and can be found here.  MLB did announce one change Friday, saying former No. 1 overall draft pick Tim Beckham (Rays) would take the spot of Chase d’Arnaud on the U.S. team.  D’Arnaud was called up by the Pirates last week.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 1, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    “As usual, MLB has gone with ambassadors, ”

    Ambassadors for what…steroid use? Geeze, who will be managing next year…Sosa and McGwire?

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 1, 2011 at 8:19 PM

      Posada? Jeter?

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jul 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    Yeah, I’m not understanding why they decided to go with two guys who have been linked to steroids. Really? There wasn’t anyone else available?

    • clydeserra - Jul 2, 2011 at 1:58 AM

      when were they linked to steroid use?

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