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Adding to the hometown flavor of this year's Midsummer Classic, National League All-Star manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals named Giants manager Bruce Bochy to serve as one of his coaches for the 78th All-Star Game, scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, at San Francisco's AT&T Park.
La Russa also invited New York Mets manager Willie Randolph to the staff that will be complemented by St. Louis' coaching contingent.
Bochy, 52, served as an All-Star coach in 1997 and 2001. He also managed the NL squad in 1999, one season after his San Diego club captured the NL pennant. Bochy also managed the teams of Major League stars that toured Japan following the 2004 and 2006 seasons.
"I have a long association with Bruce, and as a manager I have great respect for him," La Russa said Thursday. "I think he does a terrific job."
This echoed remarks La Russa made about Bochy during last year's NL Division Series, in which the Cardinals played the Padres, then managed by Bochy: "I think he has terrific rapport with his players, which tells you a lot about his personality. He's an outstanding game manager. ... He does it all as far as positioning and being creative on offense."
Dave Groeschner, the Giants' head athletic trainer, was named to the NL's All-Star medical staff. Groeschner will serve with Stan Conte, his former boss who left San Francisco before this season to become head trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.