Francona chose Alan Trammell (Detroit) and Ken Macha (Oakland) as coaches, and he’ll be joined by his own coaching staff — bench coach Brad Mills, pitching coach Dave Wallace, hitting coach Ron Jackson, bullpen coach Bill Haselman, and base coaches Dale Sveum and Lynn Jones .
Well, it used to be fun to crap on Joe Torre for inviting along the Yankee marginalia back in the day, but it looks like the Sox will have at least 7 representatives at the All-Star game, and the players haven’t even been named yet. Terry’s prerogative, I suppose. In fact, were Francona not automatically heading to the game, I would have thought it a shame for him not to have been named to the team himself — he’s done a fantastic job to this point, one of the best in either league. He’s deftly managed a team that is missing it’s most important pitcher and spent the better part of April and May hurting pretty badly. Well done, Terry.
(on a side note, it should be really fun to see Dale Sveum wave Vlad into a couple of inning-ending collisions at home plate.)