Bruce Bochy, who manages the defending World Series champion Giants and will lead the National League All-Stars, asked D-backs manager Kirk Gibson and the Nationals' Jim Riggleman to join him on the bench. Rangers skipper Ron Washington, whose club faced the Giants in last year's Fall Classic, invited the Indians' Manny Acta and first-year manager John Farrell of the Blue Jays.
Gibson and Acta are rookies to All-Star Games. Gibson owns the historical distinction of being the only person to win a Most Valuable Player award without being named to a Midsummer Classic -- he was named the NL MVP in 1988, when he slugged 25 home runs for the Dodgers. Moreover, the 82nd All-Star Game may carry special significance for Gibson because he'll be in his home ballpark. The game is scheduled for July 12 at Chase Field in Arizona.
Washington is returning to the Midsummer Classic after serving as a coach for the Tigers' Jim Leyland in 2007. Bochy managed in the All-Star Game in 1999 in Boston, after his Padres went to the World Series the year before, and has been an All-Star Game coach four times.
Farrell was a pitching coach for the AL at the 2008 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, wearing a Red Sox uniform. Riggleman previously was a coach under Felipe Alou at the 1995 All-Star Game in Texas.
Both Washington and Bochy invited their respective coaching staffs with them, as is the custom. San Francisco coaches Tim Flannery, Mark Gardner, Roberto Kelly, Hensley Meulens, Dave Righetti and Ron Wotus were named to the NL staff, along with D-backs head trainer Ken Crenshaw and Brewers assistant trainer Dan Wright.
Rangers coaches Dave Anderson, Thad Bosley, Andy Hawkins, Mike Maddux, Jackie Moore and Gary Pettis will assist with batting practice and other field duties. Rick McWane, the Twins' head trainer, and Brian Ball, the White Sox's assistant trainer, will round out the AL staff.
The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally in the United States by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT.