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Robinson heads list of All-Star coaches

Posted: Thursday June 27, 2002 6:27 PM
Updated: Saturday June 29, 2002 2:10 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Add another All-Star game appearance for Frank Robinson.

The 66-year-old Montreal manager was picked Thursday to be an NL coach on July 9 at Miller Park. The Hall of Famer played in 14 All-Star games and twice coached for the AL.

Los Angeles manager Jim Tracy also was chosen as a coach by NL manager Bob Brenly of Arizona.

Managers Mike Scioscia of Anaheim and Charlie Manuel of Cleveland will be coaches for AL manager Joe Torre of the New York Yankees.

"It's always exiting to go to the All-Star game, and it's always an honor to be elected or selected," Robinson said after the Expos won at Pittsburgh 7-2. "It's something I'm looking forward to and I appreciate Bob Brenly thinking about me to be one of his coaches."

Robinson played in six All-Star games for the AL and eight in the NL. He was MVP of the 1971 game at Tiger Stadium, which featured Reggie Jackson's towering home run.

"Two of them stand out in my mind. In the second game in '59 in Los Angeles, I was 3-for-3 and had a great shot at being the MVP, but Yogi Berra snatched it away from me. In 1971, I was the MVP but all that anyone remembers is Reggie hitting that homer. But that was nice and exciting to be the MVP."

Tracy, Scioscia and Manuel will be coaching for the first time in the All-Star game.

Six members of Torre's coaching staff with the Yankees will join him at Milwaukee for the game: Don Zimmer, Lee Mazzilli, Willie Randolph, Rick Down, Tom Nieto and Rich Monteleone. Yankees pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre cannot attend the game because of a family commitment and will be replaced by Monteleone.

Brenly will take his Arizona coaching staff to Miller Park: Chuck Kniffin, Bob Melvin, Dwayne Murphy, Eddie Rodriguez and Glenn Sherlock, and bullpen staff Tony Dello and Jeff Motuzas.

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