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Former Indians Jim Thome and Dennis Martinez Named as Managers for the All-Star Futures Game

The MLB All-Star game is now less than a month away, and today Major League Baseball announced who will serve at managers for the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 7th at Progressive Field.

Two former Indians have gotten the nod, as Hall of and five-time All-Star Jim Thome will manage the American League and four-time All-Star Dennis Martínez will be the National League manager.

Thome’s staff will feature a number of former Indians:

Dave Burba – Bullpen Coach (Pitching Coach, Lancaster JetHawks – COL Single-A California League affiliate)
Sean Casey – Hitting Coach (MLB Network Analyst; Three-time All-Star; 12 MLB seasons; .302 career hitter)
Ever Magallanes – Third Base Coach (Manager, Arizona League White Sox – CWS Arizona Rookie League affiliate)
Charlie Manuel – Bench Coach (PHI, Senior Advisor to the General Manager; 2008 WS Champion; 1,000 career wins)
Juan Nieves – Pitching Coach (Pitching Coach, Toledo Mud Hens – DET Triple-A International League affiliate)
Nick Punto – First Base Coach (14 MLB seasons; 2011 World Series Champion)
Andrew Pipkin – Trainer (Minor League Medical Coordinator – CLE)

Martinez’s team of coaches will be:

Carlos Baerga – Hitting Coach (Three-time All-Star; 14 MLB seasons; Two-time Silver Slugger winner; .291 career hitter)
Alvaro Espinoza – First Base Coach (Manager, Arizona League Giants Orange – SF Arizona Rookie League affiliate)
Jerry Manuel – Bench Coach (MLB Baseball Development Consultant)
Charles Nagy – Pitching Coach (Three-time All-Star; 14 MLB seasons; 129 career wins)
Ruben Niebla – Bullpen Coach (Minor League Pitching Coordinator – CLE)
Omar Vizquel – Third Base Coach (Manager, Birmingham Barons – CWS Double-A Southern League affiliate)
Chuck Baughman – Trainer (Head Minor League Athletic Training/Performance Coordinator – CHI)

The Future’s Game at Progressive Field will be played the same day as the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game, and Monday will be the Home Run Derby before Tuesday’s Mid-Summer Classic.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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