One of the perks, or hassles depending on how you look at it, of winning the World Series is coaching your league’s All-Star team in the game, in addition to partially assembling it. There are various techniques that managers use to choose who will appear on the roster. As for the coaches, there is no real way to determine who deserves to be on the team. The manager of the stadium’s team is always on the roster. In addition, another highly regarded manager, who is usually on one of the best performing teams, will be on the roster. So let’s have at the 2010 American League All-Star coaching staff.
As expected, Mike Scioscia gets the nod to be on the staff, for the third time. In 2003, he was the manager. This time, it was almost guarantee that Girardi placed Scioscia. As stated before, the manager whose team usually appears in the stadium always gets chosen. There are a handful of more reasons to select Mike. He is regarded as one of the top managers. The Angels don’t always assemble a team that appears to have the ability to compete. However, Scioscia still finds a way to compete. Look no further than this year. Experts were expecting the Angels to finally fall from the top of the AL East. Yet, there the Angels are, one game behind the Texas Rangers for the AL West lead. Look at their roster this year. The starting third baseman, who is replacing a very good Chone Figgins, is Bradon Wood. Wood, who is currently injured, is hitting for an average of .156 and an on-base percentage of .168. The stats show that there is he is not hitting nor walking. Scioscia also lost his ace and the only replacement he received was a pretty good Joe Pineiro, who only broke-out last year. Even with Pineiro struggling, with a 5.23 ERA, the Angels are still just a game back in their division. He stresses defense and playing hard, which has been successful for them.
The other manager that Girardi selected was a little less definite. Bob Geren, currently the manager for the Athletics. Geren has never appeared in an All-Star game. The A’s are having a pretty good season at three games above a .500 winning percentage and one and a half games behind the leading Rangers. Geren has to receive some credit for the team’s performance since Brett Anderson, possibly their best pitcher, is injured.
While there is no problem with the Geren selection, Joe Maddon seems like a wiser choice. The manager of the Rays is leading his team to a MLB-best 39-20 record. He does this with a small payroll, but a loaded farm system. Maddon is regarded as one of the best managers, and partially receives credit for turning the Rays into an elite team.
Joe Girardi, like any All-Star manager, will bring the rest of his coaches with him to help out. Therefore, Mike Harkey, Mick Kelleher, Kevin Long, Tony Peña, and Rob Thomson will join Girardi. Dave Eiland is also mentioned as the staff for the game, but he may not appear depending on his “personal matter.” The head athletics trainers for the American League team will be Ned Bergert, of the Angels, and Rick Griffin, from Seattle.
The National League All-Star coaching staff will be headed by the Phillies’ Charlie Manuel. The other managers invited for the senior circuit’s staff will be Bruce Bochy, from San Francisco, and Bud Black of the Padres. In addition to the rest of the Phillies coaching staff joining Manuel, the trainers of the Marlins, Sean Cunningham, and Rockies, Keith Dugger, will be present.
While the coaching staff doesn’t seem like an important piece of an All-Star team, it instantly gained importance when the All-Star game decided home field advantage in the World Series. Don’t get me started on the home-field advantage debate.
Canyon of Heroes will continue its coverage on the All-Star as news is released. It seems like the All-Star game is very far away, but beware, objects in your rear-view mirrors appear closer than they appear.