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Francona, Gardenhire, Hurdle, Gonzalez named to All-Star coaching staffs

Jun 11, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT

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All-Star managers John Farrell of the Red Sox and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals have picked the other managers to add to their coaching staffs for the game.

Farrell went with Indians manager (and former Red Sox manager) Terry Francona and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, while Matheny tabbed Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. And then the Red Sox and Cardinals coaches will be joining them.

Gardenhire was an easy choice because the All-Star game is in Minnesota this year and the Twins aren’t exactly going to send a whole lot of their players as representatives. And Farrell was the pitching coach on Francona’s old staffs with the Red Sox.

  1. thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    No coaches from the Tigers, Jays or A’s?
    Seems legit

    • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Clearly, the AL selections were not based on looks.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Are you suggesting that looks should have been a selection criterion?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        Well, if it was, we’d certainly have Beautiful Brad, wouldn’t we?

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:23 PM

        Um, OK, if you say so.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

        No, it’s scientific.

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/10/ranking-mlb-managers-by-handsomeness/

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        She Blinded Me with Science!
        –Thomas Dolby

    • clydeserra - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

      its about proximity and availability. Most guys would rather take a three day break.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:44 PM

        No doubt, and I wouldn’t really care except someone decided to make this game matter.

  2. dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Yeah, the Twins All-Star contingent will probably be Glen Perkins, and maybe someone else who gets selected as an alternate or manager’s pick.

    Dozier is certainly worthy of it this year, but for some reason I get the feeling that Mauer will get the nod because, well, he’s Joe Mauer. The hometown kid and face of the franchise. The sad thing is that the fans have turned on him so much he’ll probably be the first All-Star player to be booed in his home stadium.

    • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      And by “fans” I mean those who don’t appreciate what kind of player he’s been for us and that he’s having a bad year. You know, the ones who would have raised holy hell if the Twins would have let him go to another team, yet complain every year about how he’s overpaid and doesn’t hit dingers…

  3. beepbeepbeeplgb - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    it’s going to be interesting to see who matheny picks to start. waino has been stellar all year, but not quite as good as cueto, one of the most hated players in stl. can’t go wrong w/ either but it’ll be fun to see the reaction if he goes w/ his own guy.

    • scatterbrian - Jun 11, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      Don’t forget about that Strasburg fella…

    • ereed1286 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Also realize that Dusty is not in baseball right now, so there shouldn’t be as much lashing out from Cincy if Wainwright does in fact start like in 2012 when Dusty started an uproar when Tony didn’t pick any Reds.

      If you get to the World Series, then it’s your lineup to make. Don’t like it? Then win.

    • rbts2014 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      I think all-star starting ptichers are overrated. It’s not like they are chosen becuase the all-star manager or all-star staff think that player gives them the best chance of get 5-6 shutout innings. They are just a blip on the radar unless they get rocked and lose the game for their league they’ll get 1 inning (maybe 2 innings for the early pitchers) and they’re replaced by some other great pitcher for their league for another 1 inning and so on.

      • natstowngreg - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

        Indeed. Starting the All-Star Game is about honoring players, not about having a strategy to win the game.

        Just one more reason why the Baseball All-Star Game is a fraud. Pretending the game matters, but not picking the teams, or playing the game, to win.

      • dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        I’m sure the players and agents care since there’s often incentives tied to All-Star selections. Maybe the appearances don’t really matter, but the being invited or selected sure does.

  4. rfactor35 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I get why Ron Roenicke wouldn’t get picked by Matheny, but it’s too bad. Does a hell of a job with that Milwaukee team.

  5. miguelcairo - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    This seems like a pretty “meh” group. Especially considering other managers who deserve it more.

    • mazblast - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Deserve it in what way? There are no specified criteria in this area. You win your league pennant, you get to manage your league’s team the next year, pick your coaches, and pick some of your reserves. If you want to pick your pals to be your coaches, so be it.

      As ereed1286 said, “Don’t like it? Then win.”

  6. jss1330 - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Fredi’s there to make sure somebody needs TJ by games end

  7. mazblast - Jun 11, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    As badly as the Reds are going this year, Cueto may be their only All-Star. Matheny should use him, because he’s pitching darned well, but he would be perfectly within his rights as manager if he delivered a gigantic FU to the Reds by letting him sit. Cueto didn’t exactly endear himself to the Cards with his kick to the head that ended the career of former teammate Jason LaRue several years ago.

  8. rcali - Jun 11, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    With Fredi Gonzalez on the coaching staff expect a lot of guys swinging at every pitch out of the strike zone and pitchers throwing meatballs down the plate when they have batters 0-2.

  9. sportsfan18 - Jun 11, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Isn’t Kate Upton a coach of the Tigers?

    • renaado - Jun 12, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      A coach, “only” for Verlander.

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