Washington, La Russa named All-Star coaches

Washington, La Russa named All-Star coaches

Washington, La Russa named All-Star coaches
With fewer than four weeks until the first pitch at Kauffman Stadium, the managers on both sides of the All-Star Game hand-picked their coaching staffs on Wednesday.

Ron Washington, in his sixth season as Rangers skipper, will manage his second consecutive Midsummer Classic. He selected Kansas City's Ned Yost and Oakland's Bob Melvin to serve as American League coaches. Yost, the Brewers' manager at the time, was a coach at the 2005 All-Star Game under then-St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who will head the National League squad this season. Melvin was part of Bob Brenly's D-backs staff for the NL at the '02 Midsummer Classic.

"It's a tremendous honor to be able to do that, especially when it's in your own backyard," Yost said.

The rest of Washington's coaches in Texas -- third-base coach Dave Anderson, hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh, bullpen coach Andy Hawkins, pitching coach Mike Maddux, bench coach Jackie Moore and first-base coach Gary Pettis -- will assist with batting practice and other field duties. Nick Kenney and Lonnie Soloff, head athletic trainers of the Royals and Indians, respectively, will comprise the rest of the AL staff.

La Russa, who retired following a World Series triumph over Washington's Rangers last October, chose Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and Mets skipper Terry Collins to coach the NL team. Collins, who was the Astros' manager at the time, aided the NL under manager Felipe Alou at the 1995 All-Star Game. Roenicke was part of Mike Scioscia's Angels staff for the AL at the 2003 contest. In 33 years as manager for three different franchises, La Russa won three World Series championships, including two with the Cardinals.

La Russa's coaches with the 2011 Cardinals will also join his All-Star staff. Pitching coach Dave Duncan, bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist, hitting coach Mark McGwire, first-base coach Dave McKay, third-base coach Jose Oquendo and bench coach Joe Pettini will all serve in the roles they occupied last season in St. Louis. McKay is now the Cubs' first-base coach and Pettini is now the Astros' bench coach. Reds head athletic trainer Paul Lessard and Braves assistant athletic trainer Jim Lovell will round out the rest of the NL staff.

The 83rd All-Star Game will be played at in Kansas City on July 10.

"It's really, really great," Yost said. "Every one of them that I've been to has been an experience that you never forget. It's just a lot of fun, a great honor and well worth the three days that it takes to do it. But to be able to be here and watch the city enjoy it and be a part of it is really exciting."

Zack Meisel is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @zackmeisel. MLB.com reporter Dick Kaegel contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.