The American League has added a local hero to its All-Star roster for next month's All-Star Game at Detroit's Comerica Park. AL All-Star manager Terry Francona on Wednesday named Tigers manager Alan Trammell as one of the coaches for the Midsummer Classic. Francona also tabbed Oakland manager Ken Macha as an AL coach for the July 12 game.
"Picking the two coaches was a no-brainer," Francona said. "I coached Detroit in Tram's last year as a player. The guy's an All-Star shortstop, a Hall of Fame candidate and it's his home ballpark. It's a natural. Mach hired me as his bench coach in Oakland and that sort of reenergized my career. He was generous with his knowledge about managing, and being with him in Oakland gave me the itch to manage again. I wanted to honor him and thank him for all he did."
It will be the first All-Star appearance as a coach for both Trammell and Macha.
Trammell, in his third full season as Detroit's manager, was the 1984 World Series Most Valuable Player and was a six-time AL All-Star during his 20-year playing career. He piloted the 2004 Tigers to a 29-game turnaround, marking the largest win differential in the Majors from 2003.
Macha entered 2005 with a 187-137 managerial record. The Oakland manager posted 90-plus wins in each of his first two seasons with the A's.
"We had a nice year together," Macha said of his time with Francona. "A, because he was a lot of fun, and B, because he was very helpful to me as a first-year manager. If I had to do it all over again, I'd do the exact same thing."
Francona, whose father Tito was an All-Star in the 1961 Midsummer Classic at Fenway Park, has also asked his Boston Red Sox coaches to join him in Detroit.
Brad Mills, Dave Wallace, Ron Jackson, Dale Sveum, Lynn Jones and Bill Haselman will handle batting practice and other field duties.
Trainers Kevin Rand and Steve Carter of the Tigers will round out the AL All-Star staff.
Jim Molony is a writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.