The Tribe’s outlook on the All-Star reserve front just got a little better. On Wednesday, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell appointed Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona to serve on his staff for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game which is set to be held in Minnesota in a little over one month. Francona has twice served as the American League All-Star manager, and Farrell was his pitching coach for the 2008 version which was held at Yankee Stadium.
The Indians currently trail many of their peers at their respective positions, but continue to have several players worthy of consideration for an All-Star nod, including outfielder Michael Brantley. The Tribe left fielder is among the top 15 in AL outfield voting and is among the top five in batting average (.307), on-base percentage (.377), and wOBA (.385). He is also second in the AL in outfield assists (6).
In addition to Francona, Minnesota’s Ron Gardenhire and a bevy of Red Sox coaches—first base coach Arnie Beyeler, third base coach Brian Butterfield, hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, bullpen coach Dana LeVangie, bench coach Torey Lovullo, pitching coach Juan Nieves and assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez–will join the duo in Minnesota.
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