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Bruce Bochy, Jim Leyland announce four underachieving managers as All-Star coaches

Jun 13, 2013, 11:05 AM EDT

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All-Star teams are managed by the previous year’s pennant-winning managers. All-Star coaches are picked by those managers. Those managers — Bruce Bochy and Jim Leyland — have picked their coaches. From the MLB press release:

Bochy has named Mets manager Terry Collins and Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson, who guided the Mets to the 1986 World Series Championship, as his N.L. coaches …  Leyland has invited Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to represent the American League.

Depending on how bad you thought the Mets would be, all four coaches helm underachieving squads this year. Which means that Don Mattingly and Mike Scioscia were snubbed, apparently.

The NL will be filled out by Bochy’s Giants staff – third base coach Tim Flannery, bullpen coach Mark Gardner, first base coach Roberto Kelly, hitting coach Joe Lefebvre, hitting coach Hensley Meulens, pitching coach Dave Righetti and bench coach Ron Wotus.  The Mets head trainer Ray Ramirez and the Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz will be there too.

In the AL it’s Leyland’s Tigers coaches – Rafael Belliard (first base), Tom Brookens (third base), Toby Harrah (assistant hitting), Jeff Jones (pitching), Gene Lamont (bench), Lloyd McClendon (hitting) and Mike Rojas (bullpen) – will come to New York.  Head athletic trainers Ron Porterfield of the Tampa Bay Rays and Rick Jameyson of the Boston Red Sox will fix the owies.

And remember: this time it counts again. So if Tom Brookens is coaching third base, look for some nice putouts at the plate.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    So…….weird baseball?

  2. natslady - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    oooooooh, snark!!!! Not sure I understand Leyland’s choices, but Bochy picked the host team’s manager and his good buddy. I kinda hope Davey doesn’t go–of course, he will. Davey looking old and tired some days.

    • natslady - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      I mean, the host city’s team’s manager…. Guess Leyland didn’t want to go with Girardi.

    • danaking - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Plus, this is likely Davey’s last season.

  3. historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    So, he went with the coaching equivalents of Don Kelly, Brennan Boesch, and Ryan Raburn.

    • heyblueyoustink - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Or Huey, Dewey, and Louie.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      In that they were all completely awesome?

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Leyland will have a tough time finding a reliever terrible enough for his closer among a group of all stars. Perhaps he will make Valverde his manager’s pick.

  5. ChrisWallace - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    So people think letting a 3-time World Series champ coach an All-Star game in his last season in the big leagues is a bad thing? Really?

  6. valarmorghuliss - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    As a Tiger fan, I’m not surprised in the least in anything that over-rated dinosaur comes up with, he’s a bad manager with a great club.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      Nobody in baseball, no GM’s, even fans league wide wanted Papa Grande. Except Jimmy, D.D. let Jose sit and rot, only when Jim pushed to bring him back did it happen, and it’s been the predictable mess everyone except Jimmy seen coming. He’s done dumb stuff like this for years.

      22 years of managing and 25 whole games over .500 and no doubt some people will say “Hall of Fame?” for him.
      Sure he won one that one world series, the fixed one where anything a Marlin threw at the plate was a strike and anything the Braves threw was a ball.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        Are you sure you’re a Tigers fan?

      • valarmorghuliss - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        He’s a bum who costs the team 4-5 games yearly.

  7. scottychicago - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Gibbons and Ventura both played for the Mets… probably something to do with that.

  8. stex52 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Or maybe we should assume that it is the players underachieving on those teams rather than the managers.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:36 PM

      Coaching Apologist!

      • stex52 - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        By and large, I regard the coach as a useless appendage to the team. Like a vestigial tail or something.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Wait, people on here led me to believe that coaching was essential in the NL, not having a DH and all. Not made much of a difference for you, has it?

      • paperlions - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        Good analogy stex. A vestigial structure (e.g. appendix) is more likely to have negative effects that positive ones…pretty much just like a baseball manager.

    • paperlions - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Indeed! Similarly, it is always the player overachieving, and not managerial effect.

    • natslady - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      If Davey gets this team to the playoffs he will DESERVE that manager-of-the-year thingie he won for 2012. When RZimm, Morse, & co. came back (plus Werth) the team pretty much managed itself and in forty days and forty nights Davey never changed the line-up–and the rotation never changed all year. Now we have the likes of Zach Duke, Nathan Karns and Ross Ohlendorf making “spot” starts, defense is last in the league, left field is a revolving door, a third base prospect is playing second base and no one on the bench can hit worth a lick (or take a walk).

      • natslady - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

        Oh and we are in deep doo-doo if Desmond gets injured because Cesar Isturiz has another job.

  9. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    The NL has good depth at the manager position. This will be key later in the game.

  10. granted42 - Jun 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Seriously, what difference does the coaching staff make on a single game played in the middle of the summer. If the fans pick Derek Jeter to start, that would actually have a bigger impact on the outcome of the game. I view these picks as honorary selections, and not an attempt to maximize player production through coaching.

  11. bbk1000 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    “Bruce Bochy, Jim Leyland announce four underachieving managers as All-Star coaches”

    Yet another example that Craig knows little about the game of baseball.

    Perhaps he has a future with the National Enquirer, where the writers don’t let the facts get in the way of a “story”…

    • Craig Calcaterra - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Why don’t you tell me the ways in which Johnson, Collins, Ventura and Gibbsons’ teams have not underachieved this year.

      • bbk1000 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        You said “four underachieving managers” You give managers too much credit for team success.

        Do you think Collins is the issue with the Mets? No, they stink, although if he brings in Hawkins again in anything other than cleanup duty I’m with you.

        Gibbons, a retread manager, which I hate, but his team wasn’t that good to begin with. Anybody who followed the N.L. would have told you that.

        Johnson. All he has done is win, win and win some more. He’s an older manager but the players like him and there are many more issues with that team. Had they kept Strasburg on the roster last year they’d be champions today.

        Ventura. They will finish ahead of the Indians, Twins and K.C without doubt. Let’s see what happens.

        Either way, players play, they matter. Managers on the other hand, well, they manage, they don’t matter so much.

        Heck, my wife won the bracket pool one year, it happens…had nothing to do with her…

        Just an opinion…

      • bbk1000 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        OK Craig, I’m sorry.

        First Terry Collins leaves Harvey in too long, as he has a few times (yes, what’s the other choice, the bullpen stinks as well).

        Then he makes a mistake during a bullpen switch.

        He brings in Hawkins again , who gives up two runs after a quick strikeout.

        Collins stinks, and Hawkins is an absolute joke, regardless of how this game ends.

  12. Kave Krew - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Only 1 post hit the target – all choices have a connection to the Mets -

  13. weaselpuppy - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Craig,Craig, Craig…..

    How quickly we forget how truly awesomely terrible Windmill Gene Lamont was as a 3b coach….Brookie is a quantum leap upgrade….

    but yeah. Sending Infante a few games ago was pretty bad,,,,but he’s Infante! He can run pretty ok… Gene sending Prince last year ( you know the play) is what got him on the bench next to Smokey McStubbornpants this year….

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