Manager Don Wakamatsu was named as a coach for the American League team in this year's All-Star game in St. Louis. It's a nice honor for a first-year manager and one that's very deserving if you consider the Mariners record this year compared to last, the improvement in overall on field play and the cohesiveness of the clubhouse.
Wakamatsu will join Ichiro Suzuki in St. Louis, while Ken Griffey Jr., Felix Hernandez and Russell Branyan could also make the team.
You can vote for the All-Star game HERE
American League manager Joe Maddon named Wakamatsu and Kansas City manager Trey Hillman as coaches. He will also bring his coaches from Tampa Bay -– 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 his staff. Toronto Blue Jays head trainer George Poulis and Oakland Athletics head athletic trainer Steve Sayles will round out the A.L. staff.
The National League team coaching staff has a slight bit more experience with Phillies manager Charlie Manuel naming Dodgers skipper Joe Torre and Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa as his coaches. The remainder of the Phillies staff - Mick Billmeyer (bullpen), Rich Dubee (pitching), Davey Lopes (first base), Pete Mackanin (bench), Sam Perlozzo (third base) and Milt Thompson (hitting) – will assist with batting practice and other field duties, while Cardinals head athletic trainer Barry Weinberg and Chicago Cubs director of athletic training Mark O'Neal will tend to the N.L. All-Stars.
* Also a congratulations to Rainiers pitching coach Dwight Bernard and trainer Tom Newberg, who were named to the Triple A All-Star game coaching staff. That game will be held in Portland and could feature a handful of Rainiers players including Jeff Clement, Mike Carp and Randy Messenger.
To vote for the Rainiers in the Triple A game, you can HERE.