Ventura honored to be named All-Star coach

Ventura honored to be named All-Star coach

HOUSTON -- Robin Ventura took part in the All-Star Game as a player for the White Sox in 1992 and then with the Yankees in 2002. But he's equally as honored to be selected by Tigers manager Jim Leyland as part of the American League coaching staff for the 2013 Midsummer Classic.

The contest will take place on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the Mets, for whom Ventura played for three seasons.

"Having played there, it makes it nice," Ventura said. "But it's always an honor any time you get asked to do anything with the All-Star Game. It's one of those you're willing to do anything."

Ventura was approached "a while ago" to join Leyland's staff and is willing to do whatever is needed by the AL manager. Ventura didn't think twice about accepting the selection, as opposed to getting a four-day break.

"There's an obligation if you're asked to do it," Ventura said. "I think as a player, guys should play in that. It's important for the game. Any time you're asked to do it, you should honor it."

Leyland also named Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to his All-Star staff.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.