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Ron Washington and Tony La Russa name their All-Star Game coaching staffs

Jun 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

La Russa Phone

Because the All-Star Game counts, tough strategic planning is required and that in turn requires an all-star caliber coaching staff to make the tough calls.

Hahaha, just kidding. The only thing more rare than baseball strategy in the MLB All-Star Game is defense in the NBA All-Star Game and contact in the Pro Bowl.

But the teams need coaches all the same, if for no other reason to give the managers someone their own age to talk to. And today AL manager Ron Washington and NL manager Tony La Russa announced their staffs.

La Russa has named Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and Mets manager Terry Collins as his official N.L. coaches.  He has filled out the rest of his staff with, basically, the entire staff of the 2011 Cardinals: Dave Duncan will be the pitching coach, Derek Lilliquist will be the bullpen coach, Mark McGwire is the hitting coach, Dave McKay and Jose Oquendo will be base coaches and Joe Pettini will be the bench coach. Trainers will be Paul Lessard of the Cincinnati Reds and Jim Lovell of the Braves.

In the AL, Ron Washington will have Ned Yost and Bob Melvin has his official coaches, with Rangers coaches – Dave Anderson, Scott Coolbaugh, Andy Hawkins, Mike Maddux, Jackie Moore and Gary Pettis on staff. Trainers will be Nick Kenney of the Royals, and Lonnie Soloff of the Cleveland Indians.

I’m most looking forward to the first La Russa-Lilliquist call to the bullpen.

  1. braddavery - Jun 13, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    WTF? LaRussa is no longer in the league, yet is allowed to manage a game that has playoff implications? Are you kidding me?

    • willsolo - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM

      This was announced shortly after he retired that he would be doing the All-Star game. It was talked about ALOT on HBT. Where in the world have you been?

      • paperlions - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        He’s been not reading about the alleged dangers or benefits of steroids or HGH to baseball players….that can take up a lot of time.

      • braddavery - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:46 PM

        Not spending every waking hour on HBT?

    • unlost1 - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      there’s no way the NL wins this year

    • redbirdfan81 - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      get your head out of your ass & get with the times! He earned it and deserves it! Way to go TLR! We thank you for 16 great years.

    • braddavery - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      I understand that the two WS-winning managers manage the AS Game. What I don’t understand is how if a manager retires before the game is played (meaning he’s no longer under contract with a MLB team) he is still allowed to participate/manage in a MLB event/game that has serious playoff implications. It’s very strange.

    • chumthumper - Jun 14, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      Hey, it’s old school.

  2. crookedstick - Jun 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Isn’t this a smack in the face of Matheny? TLR not choosing him when if TLR had declined, Matheny most likely would be the manager of the NL? At least throw him a bone?

    • jwbiii - Jun 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      Matheny doesn’t have five years of managerial experience. He’s a peasant.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      The honor goes to the manager of last season’s league champions. Been that way for a long time. Matheney was not the manager of the Cardinals when they won the NL Championship.

      Since the All-Star Game is just an exhibition with the phony pretense of meaningfulness, I’m cool with LaRussa coming back for an encore. Though I wouldn’t mind seeing MLB do it like the NBA and have the manager with each league’s best record do it. At the moment, that would be Joe Girardi vs. Don Mattingly.

      BTW, ya think MLB will have someone check the phone service to the bullpens in KC before the game?

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 13, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Once again, Stump Merrill gets the shaft.

    • madhatternalice - Jun 14, 2012 at 12:24 AM

      “Stump Merrill Gets the Shaft” is a fantastic name for a porn.

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