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Goose Gossage and Fernando Valenzuela to manage All-Star Futures teams
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06/16/2004  4:01 PM ET
Goose Gossage and Fernando Valenzuela to manage All-Star Futures teams
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Nine-time All-Star Goose Gossage will manage the U.S. Team and six-time All-Star Fernando Valenzuela will manage the World Team in the New York Mercantile Exchange All-Star Futures Game, Sunday, July 11, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, it was announced today.

Now in its sixth year, the New York Mercantile Exchange All-Star Futures Game features the top U.S. and International Minor League prospects competing against each other as part of All-Star Sunday. The seven-inning affair will begin at 3:00 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.

All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Minute Maid Park, culminating with the 75th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13. For the second consecutive year, the outcome of this year's All-Star Game will have implications for the 2004 postseason, as the League that wins the Midsummer Classic will receive home field advantage in the 2004 World Series.

Gossage played for the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners during his 22-year Major League career. In his first season with the Yankees in 1978, Gossage won 10 games and saved 27 more in helping New York to its second consecutive World Championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers. When he left the Yankees after the 1983 season, Gossage was the franchise leader in saves with 150. Gossage, who also helped lead the Padres to their first World Series appearance in 1984, finished his playing career with a 124-107 record, a 3.01 ERA and 310 saves. Through games of June 15, 2004, Gossage is tied for 13th place on the all-time saves list with current Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Valenzuela took the baseball world by storm in 1981, as he became the first pitcher ever to win the Rookie of the Year Award and Cy Young Award in the same season. At only 20 years old, Valenzuela won his first 10 Major League decisions, led all National League pitchers in five categories, including strikeouts, set or tied numerous rookie records, and led the Dodgers to the World Championship. A native of Mexico, his popularity and instant success in the Major Leagues ushered in "Fernandomania." Valenzuela, who set a Major League record in 1985 by beginning the season with 41 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run, played for the Dodgers until 1990 and would also play for the Cardinals, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Phillies, and San Diego Padres during his 17-year career in the Major Leagues. During his final season with the Dodgers, Valenzuela pitched his only career no-hitter on June 29, 1990, against the St. Louis Cardinals. A Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in 1986, Valenzuela finished his career with a 173-153 record and a 3.54 ERA.

The 25-man rosters and coaches for the U.S. and the World Futures Teams, selected by Major League Baseball in conjunction with Baseball America and the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs, will be unveiled live via the MLB All-Star Futures Selection Show on MLB.TV on Monday, June 21 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT).

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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