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.