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07/01/2011 2:10 PM ET
Former All-Stars Piazza, Gonzalez to Manage XM All-Star Futures Teams
2008 Top Overall Draft Selection Tim Beckham Added To U.S. Team Roster
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Twelve-time National League All-Star catcher Mike Piazza will lead the U.S. Team against the World Team, which will be managed by five-time N.L. All-Star and former Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Luis Gonzalez, in the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10th at Chase Field in Arizona.

Now in its 13th year, the XM All-Star Futures Game features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The game will begin at 6:00 p.m. (ET)/3:00 p.m. (MT) and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.TV. Sirius XM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio XM 89 in addition to its other comprehensive live coverage from Arizona. Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Chase Field, culminating with the 82nd All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 12th.

Piazza, who was named the 1993 N.L. Rookie of the Year, played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992-98), Florida Marlins (1998), New York Mets (1998-2005), San Diego Padres (2006) and Oakland Athletics (2007). The Pennsylvania native, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 First-Year Player Draft, recorded 427 home runs in his career along with a .308 career batting average, 1,048 runs scored, 1,335 RBI and 2,127 hits. Piazza compiled 396 home runs as a catcher, the most all-time at the position and he captured 10 consecutive Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards. Piazza led the Mets to the N.L. Pennant in 2000, highlighted by his NLCS performance against the St. Louis Cardinals in which he hit .412 with two home runs and four RBI. Piazza recorded an RBI in 15 consecutive games from June 14 - July 2, 2000, the second-longest streak in MLB history behind a 17-game streak by Ray Grimes of the Chicago Cubs in 1922. In his 11 All-Star Games played, Piazza hit two home runs with five RBI and six runs scored, and he was selected MVP of the 1996 Midsummer Classic after going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI to lead the N.L. to a 6-0 victory. Piazza is one of just five catchers to win the award, joining Gary Carter (1981, 84), Terry Steinbach (1988), Sandy Alomar, Jr. (1997) and Brian McCann (2010).

Gonzalez, who currently serves as a Special Assistant to the President and CEO for the Diamondbacks, spent 19 seasons in the Majors with the Houston Astros (1990-95, 97), Chicago Cubs (1995-96), Detroit Tigers (1998), Diamondbacks (1999-2006), Dodgers (2007) and Florida Marlins (2008). Gonzalez hit .325 and recorded career-highs in 2001 with 57 home runs and 142 RBI as he led the D-backs to the franchise's first World Championship in just their fourth season of existence. The Tampa, Florida native collected the infamous game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game Seven off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera to clinch the Fall Classic for the D-backs. The University of South Alabama product compiled a .283 batting average, 2,591 hits, 354 home runs and 1,439 RBI in 2,591 career games, and is one of 17 players in Major League history to collect at least 2,500 hits, 500 doubles, 350 home runs and 1,000 RBI. Gonzalez also retired in 2008 as the D-backs all-time leader in games played (1,194), hits (1,337), doubles (310), home runs (224), walks (650), runs (780), RBI (774), at-bats (4,488), total bases (2,373), slugging percentage (.529) and on-base percentage (.391).

Infielder Tim Beckham, who was the top overall selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, has been added to the U.S. Team roster as a replacement for Chase d'Arnaud, who was recently promoted to the Major Leagues by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Beckham is currently on the roster of the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits of the Southern League. Complete rosters for the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game can be found in the accompanying document.

Coaches for the U.S. and World Team are as follows:

U.S. Team Coaches

Tony Beasley Manager, Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals Eastern League / AA
Brett Butler Manager, Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks Pacific Coast League / AAA
Doug Dascenzo Manager, San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres Texas League / AA
Brian Harper Manager, Tennessee Smokies Chicago Cubs Southern League / AA
Rick Sweet Manager, Louisville Bats Cincinnati Reds International League / AAA
Ross Grimsley Pitching Coach, Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants Eastern League / AA

World Team Coaches

Steve Buechele Manager, Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Texas League / AA
Lorenzo Bundy Manager, Albuquerque Isotopes Los Angeles Dodgers Pacific Coast League / AAA
Sal Fasano Manager, New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays Eastern League / AA
Bobby Magallanes Manager, Birmingham Barons Chicago White Sox Southern League / AA
Charlie Montoyo Manager, Durham Bulls Tampa Bay Rays International League / AAA
Ruben Niebla Pitching Coach, Columbus Clippers Cleveland Indians International League / AAA

The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the XM All-Star Futures Game are Ben May (home plate) of the Eastern League, Will Little (first base) of the Southern League, Jimmy Volpi (second base) of the Texas League and Scott Mahoney (third base) of the Eastern League.

Tickets are still available for purchase for the XM All-Star Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com, calling 1-888-326-3378 or visiting the Diamondbacks box office at Chase Field.

The 82nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and Le Reseau des Sports, and around the world by Major League Baseball International, with pregame ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EDT)/5:00 p.m. (local). ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the 2011 Midsummer Classic, while MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM will provide additional All-Star Game coverage. Sirius XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game, ESPN's coverage of the State Farm Home Run Derby and the 82nd All-Star Game, plus live pregame and postgame talk programs from all three events.

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