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Girardi on All-Star staff

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on May 16, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This release from Major League Baseball:

American League All-Star manager Terry Francona of the Boston Red Sox and National League All-Star manager Clint Hurdle of the Colorado Rockies have announced the managers who will serve as their coaches at the 79th All-Star Game, to be played on Tuesday, July 15th at Yankee Stadium.

Francona has invited Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland and New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi to serve as the A.L. coaches.

Francona’s Boston coaching staff – first base coach Luis Alicea, pitching coach John Farrell, third base coach DeMarlo Hale, hitting coach Dave Magadan, bench coach Brad Mills and bullpen coach Gary Tuck – will assist with batting practice and other field duties.

Hurdle has asked New York Mets manager Willie Randolph and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black to join him as the N.L. coaches.

The Colorado coaching staff – pitching coach Bob Apodaca, hitting coach Alan Cockrell, third base/infield coach Mike Gallego, first base coach Glenallen Hill, bullpen coach Rick Mathews and bench coach Jamie Quirk – will serve on the manager’s staff.

The 79th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, being held at Yankee Stadium in its final season, will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT).

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46 Responses to “Girardi on All-Star staff”

  1. gayle May 16th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    wow interesting that Torre is not on Hurdle’s staff I for sure that he woul dhave been.Maybe he asked and he said no??

  2. Don Vito A. Bellamo May 16th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    thanks for the post, Pete ! :-)

  3. raymagnetic May 16th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Very classy of Francona to include Girardi on the staff.

  4. 56Bomber May 16th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Pete – you’ve been scooped!

    From nj.com…

    New York Yankees first baseman Jason Gianbi said whenever he is in a prolonged hitting slump he wears a gold lame, tiger-stripe thong under his uniform, according to a report on the Portfolio.com website.

    The report said Giambi has also left the “golden thong” in the lockers of slumping teammates Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Johnny Damon, Robin Ventura, and Robinson Cano. “All of them wore it and got hits,” he told Portfolio. “The thong works every time.”

  5. Jax May 16th, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Why isn’t Torre on the NL staff?
    I’m not surprised Girardi is on the staff. Usually the manager of the host team is on the staff.

  6. Fran May 16th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Both NY managers are on the All-Star staffs which I am sure will be pretty special for them with the game being played here. Is that something that is usully done?

  7. 56Bomber May 16th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I wonder if the thong explains Mussina’s turn around as well.

  8. Stephen May 16th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Geez, Hurdle couldn’t though Torre a bone?

    Or maybe Joe wants a few days in Hawaii. :)

  9. Fran May 16th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Jax just answered my question.

  10. ray (sox fan) May 16th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    I can say as a Sox fan that I am pleased that Francona has asked Girardi to be on the coaching staff at the All-Star game.

    It is classy move and a good one especially since this will the last All-Star game at the old Yankee stadium.

    Hopefully it will put to rest some sentiment I have heard that no matter what Francona would have Beckett start the game.

    I think both Francona and Girardi will put forth the best lineup and right now that would no mean Beckett would start. I am sure that Wang will be one of the pitchers and that is well deserved.

  11. Rishi May 16th, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Esp nice to see Willie on there, too…

  12. ham fighter May 16th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    of all the ppl who will be at the asg, randolph has the closest connection to the stadium itself, he surely has spent way more time at the stadium than anybody else who will be on the field. i dont suppose he should expect any warm fuzzies tonight, but he certainly deserves one more HUGE ovation in the big ballyard.

  13. lurker May 16th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    nice gesture by francona.

  14. bigpopp May 16th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    if girardi brings kevin long the NL will have home field during the WS

  15. saucY May 16th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    so was it a classy move by Francona or more of a move to avoid looking like a jerk ;)

  16. SJ44 May 16th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Perhaps Torre was asked and he declined. Would be interested to find out if that’s the case.

    He’s been pretty open about his desire not to return to Yankee Stadium. You wonder if it was the case here.

  17. bigpopp May 16th, 2008 at 11:25 am

    cant wait to see which deserving player gets hosed to accomodate captian intangibles

  18. Rhapsody in Blue May 16th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Interesting that Olney would report that Damon is being shopped with Halliday possibly available.

    How about a couple of attention getters to present to Colorado to get the ball rolling like Jesus Montero and Austin jackson?

    A Bobcat sighting could not be far off if things deteriorate between the Rox and Halliday.

  19. ray (sox fan) May 16th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Maybe some of that saucy…but still a good move.

  20. Ian May 16th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Captain intangibles? What SS is playing better this year in the AL. There aren’t many out there to choose from. Jeter isn’t having a great year but no AL SS is.

  21. ham fighter May 16th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    bigpop
    fortunatly we dont have to worry about who gets bounce to make room for captain nogame in boston!

  22. bigpopp May 16th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Ian-
    Fair point

  23. jennifer May 16th, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Nice gesture by Terry to invite Joe. :)

  24. SJ44 May 16th, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I wouldn’t trade Jesus Montero and Austin Jackson for Matt Holliday.

    That’s an 80′s Yankee deal and that ain’t happening.

    Matt Holliday is good. He’s not that good to give up those two guys to get.

  25. TurnTwo May 16th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    pregame ceremonies beginning at 8pm? thats disgusting.

    so we can count on a first pitch at what, like 9:30? Mo can come in and close out the game at 1am, when most of us have been sleeping for 2 hours?

  26. Vader May 16th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    IMO, Jesus Montero, is pretty much untouchable and if he is going anywhere, it will be for a Stud pitcher. You don’t see that many 18 year olds, with his power, come around often.

    As for Jeter, this might not be his best year, but what SS in the AL is more deserving?

    Cashman, takes the heat for a lot of things he did not do, no one ever talks about the bag of balls he gave up for Bobby.

    I wonder what everyone would be saying if Cash made the Gagne deal and not Theo?

  27. bigpopp May 16th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    SJ-
    would you make a run at Texeria next year?

  28. Jax May 16th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    “I wonder what everyone would be saying if Cash made the Gagne deal and not Theo?”

    I’m going to take a wild guess here and say: “FIRE CASHMAN”

  29. SJ44 May 16th, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Too early to say re: Tex and CC for that matter.

    Maybe they get a first baseman this season. Or a starter for that matter.

    Those are off-season decisions. Right now, I’m just hoping they can rattle off a few wins this weekend. lol

  30. owlnation May 16th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    It makes sense, the All Star Game needs a lot of line-up changes.

    Girardi’s proved he has the fastest pencil and eraser set-up in the whole of MLB.

    He’ll love it — a whole new list of names to plug into the magic8ball he uses to work out the Yankee’s line-up.

  31. Ed - At least the Yanks did better than last year May 16th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    according to MLBTRADERUMORS: Rosenthal also suggests that the Rockies may be willing to accept low-level, high-ceiling prospects in return as they are deep in prospects at Double and Triple A.

  32. ham fighter May 16th, 2008 at 11:56 am

    id be very carefull here, holliday looks great from afar but why would colorado be looking to move him? sounds like they are looking to sell high on a guy they know isnt worth what his current value is. i will be watching the rocks a little closer the next few weeks on my extra innings to see whats missing.

  33. andrew33 May 16th, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Pete what about Joe Torre joining the all-star staff. I would think if he isn’t on the NL squad will be throwing out the first pitch? Something has to be up there.

  34. Yankeepelotero May 16th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    not for nothing but Joe Torre deserves to be in the NL at least as the acting coach or something. I’m fine with Randolph being there but why is it that Torre didn’t even get an invite.

  35. Brandon (supporting "Alex being Alex") (J.Santana HR allowed count: 8 ) May 16th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    “according to MLBTRADERUMORS: Rosenthal also suggests that the Rockies may be willing to accept low-level, high-ceiling prospects in return as they are deep in prospects at Double and Triple A.”

    since when has Rosenthal been right on internal matters ?

    and what does getting Matt Holliday do for this team exactly ? Fact is he would need to be extended, his agent is Scott Boras, his contract would be around the 15 – 20 million per year and you still don’t solve the big problem 1B, the leadoff spot wouldn’t be solved and you’d continue to waste salary on a position for a now move, can you stomach watching Tabata go to Colorado and hit 20-30 HRs in the future at a cheaper price, or Montero hitting 30-40 HRs in Colorado being the best slugging catcher in the game, could you stomach watching Hughes become a big game pitcher in the NL…all for what Matt Holliday are you serious ..

  36. bigjf May 16th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Shame on Hurdle if he didn’t ask Torre to return to Yankee Stadium for a curtain call, and if he did, shame on Torre for apparently turning it down. That’s pretty pathetic if Torre isn’t going to make an appearance.

  37. Jax May 16th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    I would rather trade for a younger cheaper first baseman then trade for another outfielder.

  38. al arodien May 16th, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    wow! seems like torre dosent wanna see any more yankee stadium! this is really sad!!!!

  39. Brian May 16th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I’d be very interested to hear this confirmed but I’d have to guess that Torre was invited to be a coach and declined. I can’t really see him not being invited.

  40. CaptainsCorner May 16th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I knew that Girardi would be asked because the manager who’s home ballpark it is, is always there. But it is pretty odd that Leyland was asked since his team stinks even though Francona and he are good friends. Also Randolph was asked because of his Yankee ties but his team stinks also. That will make a good coaching staff Leyland, Girardi and Randolph all 3 teams are awful at the moment. What about the Dbacks and Angels managers who’s teams are actually winning?!!

    Torre already said the was not going to come. He has a charity dinner in Westchester the next day and said that even though he will be in the area he is not interested in the traveling to get to the game. Time to move on…

  41. Fredo Corleone May 16th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    “Matt Holliday is good. He’s not that good to give up those two guys to get.”

    Madness. Chances of either of those guys being close to as productive as Holliday is less than 5 %.

  42. murphydog May 16th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Is there a “park effect” issue with Holliday?

  43. Jeff May 16th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I hate the Red Sox, but Francona is a great guy who is tough to root for. Kinda wish he leaves Boston.

  44. Christine May 16th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    I repeat what others have said, VERY classy move on Terry Francona’s part. Thank you, Terry!

  45. Christine May 16th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    “The report said Giambi has also left the “golden thong” in the lockers of slumping teammates Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams, Johnny Damon, Robin Ventura, and Robinson Cano. “All of them wore it and got hits,” he told Portfolio. “The thong works every time.”

    Maybe he should purchase a few more thongs to distribute.

  46. KarenJ May 17th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    The mental image of any of those guys, particularly Giambi, wearing a thong just boggles the mind. Ugh.

    Which reminds me, all you have to do is walk along Waikiki Beach in Hawaii and you see some of the most — shall we say revealing? — swimsuits on the shaved-chest beefcake strutting along there. I didn’t check out the beaches the last time I was through Miami or any of the Florida beaches, but I wouldn’t doubt it’s the same there.

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