A real California affair
Posted on: June 10, 2010 4:54 pm
The All-Star game on July 13 will take place at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Apparently somewhere there is a Major League Baseball memo dictating that the coaching staffs have to carpool.
All of the coaches appointed by National League manager Charlie Manuel of the Phillies and American League manager Joe Girardi of the Yankees are from California. Manuel tapped San Diego manager Bud Black and San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, and Girardi selected the Angels' Mike Scioscia and Oakland's Bob Geren.
It's not uncommon for people to be offered All-Star coaching spots and turn down the opportunity, wanting the time off instead. So it might be that managers from elsewhere simply opted not to spend their break traveling to and from the West Coast. One would certainly think Manuel extended an offer to Braves manager Bobby Cox, who is retiring after this season, his 30th as a manager.
-- Davd Andriesen
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