Guillen picks pair for All-Star staff

Guillen picks pair for All-Star staff

PITTSBURGH -- Ozzie Guillen went to a pair of his contemporaries for his bench mates at next month's Midsummer Classic.

Indians manager Eric Wedge and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons will join Guillen's American League coaching staff, the White Sox manager announced on Monday.

The 38-year-old Wedge, 42-year-old Guillen and 44-year-old Gibbons will undoubtedly form one of the youngest managerial trios in the All-Star Game's 77-year history.

"As a competitor, I want to win every game, no matter what the stakes. So it is really important to have great coaches around me to help the American League win the All-Star Game," Guillen said. "I have lot of respect for Eric Wedge and John Gibbons and what they have been able to accomplish with the Indians and Blue Jays. Every time we play those teams, it's a battle."

Wedge, the youngest manager in the Major Leagues, is in his fourth season as manager of the Indians. Last season, he finished second to Guillen for AL Manager of the Year honors after leading Cleveland to a 93-69 record. Only a collapse in the season's final week kept the Tribe from making their first trip to the playoffs since 2001.

"I'm honored Ozzie thought of me," Wedge said. "Obviously, it'll be exciting to be a small part of that."

Gibbons is in his second full year with the Blue Jays. After finishing last season 80-82, the Blue Jays are 41-34 this year and in the thick of the American League playoff hunt.

As per All-Star Game tradition, each league's managers will bring along their own coaching staff. Guillen will be accompanied by White Sox coaches Harold Baines, Don Cooper, Joey Cora, Art Kusnyer, Tim Raines and Greg Walker.

Trainers Steve Donohue of the New York Yankees and Nick Swartz of the Kansas City Royals will round out the staff.

David Briggs is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.