Coaches Named for All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AP) _ Lou Piniella of Seattle, Tony Muser of Kansas City, Dusty Baker of San Francisco and Bruce Bochy of San Diego were appointed coaches for the All-Star game on July 10.
The moves for the game at Safeco Field in Seattle were announced Wednesday by American League manager Joe Torre of the New York Yankees and National League manager Bobby Valentine of the New York Mets.
Piniella, whose team has the best record in baseball, will coach in his home park. This is his second straight appearance as an AL coach. He managed the NL in 1991 and played in the 1972 game with Kansas City.
Baker was a coach on the 1994 and ’97 All-Star teams and played as an All-Star in 1981 and ’82 with the Dodgers. Bochy managed the NL team in 1999 and was a coach in 1997.
Muser, in his fourth full season as Royals’ manager, will be making his first All-Star appearance.
Torre asked brother Frank Torre, a former major leaguer, to sit on the bench. Valentine asked longtime Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda to be his guest on the bench.
Also, Jackie Autry was named the honorary president of the American League and Bill Giles will serve in that role for the National League.
The two will be responsible for presiding over the league boxes at the All-Star game and during the postseason, and present the league championship series trophy to the winning team.
Autry has been in baseball since 1981, when she married the late Gene Autry, the former owner of the Angels.
Giles is the chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies.