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Manuel, Maddon name All-Star coaches

Manuel, Maddon name All-Star coaches

National League All-Star manager Charlie Manuel of the Philadelphia Phillies and American League All-Star manager Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays announced their respective coaches for the upcoming 80th All-Star Game on Wednesday.

The game will be played on Tuesday, July 14, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

With the game being played in St. Louis, it's no surprise that Manuel selected Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa as one of his coaches, but it wasn't just hometown favoritism. La Russa has been an All-Star manager five times, most recently leading the National League team in 2007.

Joining that duo on the bench will be Los Angeles Dodgers manager Joe Torre, a nine-time All Star player himself, including four appearances in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform. He also managed the Cards from 1990-1995, and has been an All-Star manager six times, all in the American League. In fact, Manuel himself was one of Torre's All-Star coaches in 2002.

In the American League, Maddon selected Kansas City Royals manager Trey Hillman and Seattle Mariners skipper Don Wakamatsu to join him on the bench for the game.

It will mark the Major League All-Star Game debut in any role for both of Maddon's coaches. Maddon himself was a participant in the 2003 game as the bench coach of the defending 2002 World Series champion Angels.

Maddon's Tampa Bay field staff -- Tom Foley (third base), Steve Henderson (hitting), former St. Louis Cardinals All-Star and 1982 World Series champion George Hendrick (first base), Jim Hickey (pitching), Dave Martinez (bench) and Bobby Ramos (bullpen) -- will comprise the rest of his All-Star staff, assisting with batting practice and other field duties.

Manuel's Philadelphia field staff -- bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, pitching coach Rich Dubee, first-base coach Davey Lopes, bench coach Pete Mackanin, hitting coach Milt Thompson and third-base coach Sam Perlozzo -- will be there in a similar capacity.

Keeping an eye on the players, St. Louis head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg and Chicago Cubs director of athletic training Mark O'Neal will tend to the NL All-Stars while Toronto Blue Jays head trainer George Poulis and Oakland Athletics head athletic trainer Steve Sayles will round out the AL staff.

Lisa Winston is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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