All-Star managers Charlie Manuel and Joe Girardi have chosen the peers who will serve as their coaches in the July 13 Midsummer Classic in Anaheim.The National League crew of the Phillies' Manuel and the American League staff of the Yankees' Girardi will both have a distinct West Coast feel. Manuel appointed San Diego manager Bud Black and Bruce Bochy, the Giants' skipper, to his staff. Girardi chose the Angels' Mike Scioscia and Oakland's Bob Geren. This is Geren's first All-Star coaching berth, while the other three have been selected multiple times. "It means a lot," Geren said. "It's nice to be around Mike. It's special that Joe picked me, because I don't really know him that well. It's a great honor, one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I'll probably never forget." Black served as an NL coach in the 2008 All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium, while Bochy, who managed the NL All-Stars in 1999 after guiding the Padres to the '98 NL pennant, will serve as a coach for the fourth time. Black said he was "flattered" to be chosen by Manuel, noting that the two of them "have a long standing relationship."
"It's an honor to go to the All-Star Game," said Bochy, who was offered the position a couple of weeks ago. "When [Manuel] called and asked, I didn't hesitate. To me, it's the premier All-Star game in any sport. It's a great event and an honor to be going there as a coach."Scioscia managed the AL All-Stars in 2003, the year after serving as a coach on the league's staff. The Yankees will be winding up their first-half play with a seven-game trip to Oakland and Seattle, making Girardi's choices a geographic natural. "We have the West Coast swing, so we're going to keep it out west," Girardi said. "I'm happy to have both of them and obviously Mike has done it before and been the manager before. I'm looking forward to that time." With the game in Angel Stadium, adding Scioscia -- Girardi's managerial foe in last October's ALCS -- was a particular no-brainer. "You look at them and [the Angels] are a team that we played in the ALCS, too," Girardi said. "It's real easy when it's his ballpark." The managers also named the rest of their respective support staffs. Manuel's Phillies staff -- including bullpen coach Mick Billmeyer, pitching coach Rich Dubee, first-base coach Davey Lopes, bench coach Pete Mackanin, third-base coach Sam Perlozzo and hitting coach Milt Thompson -- will be in Angel Stadium to assist with batting practice and other field duties. Sean Cunningham, head athletic trainer of the Florida Marlins, and Keith Dugger, head athletic trainer of the Colorado Rockies, complete the NL staff. Similarly, Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland, bullpen coach Mike Harkey, first-base coach Mick Kelleher, hitting coach Kevin Long, bench coach Tony Peña and third-base coach Rob Thomson will accompany Girardi to Anaheim. Ned Bergert, the Angels' certified head athletic trainer, and Seattle Mariners head athletic trainer Rick Griffin round out Girardi's staff.