A pair of Hall of Famers, Juan Marichal and Dave Winfield, will manage in the 2007 XM All-Star Futures Game, it was announced today. Marichal will lead the World Team and Winfield will be at the helm of the U.S. Team on Sunday, July 8th at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Now in its ninth year, the XM All-Star Futures Game features the top Minor League prospects competing in a seven-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The game will begin at 1:00 p.m. (PDT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.
Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at AT&T Park, culminating with the 78th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10th.
Nicknamed the "Dominican Dandy," Marichal played 14 of his 16 seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Marichal was a nine-time All-Star selection, tied for the most by a pitcher in Giants history with fellow Hall of Famer Carl Hubbell, and pitched in eight, tying him for second in Midsummer Classic pitching appearances. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1965 contest after retiring all nine batters he faced in three innings of work. As a Giant, Marichal started 446 games and threw 52 shutouts, and his 2,281 strikeouts rank second in franchise history. In 1963, he became the ninth pitcher in Giants history to throw a no-hitter, when he stifled the Houston Colt .45s. He retired after the 1975 season with 243 wins, 2,303 strikeouts and six 20-win seasons. In 1983 he became the first, and to date, only Dominican native to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Winfield was drafted in three professional sports out of the University of Minnesota in 1973. He went on to a 22-year Major League career with the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians, never playing a game in the Minor Leagues. Winfield was a member of 12 consecutive All-Star teams from 1977 to 1988 and accumulated a .283 career batting average with 465 home runs, 3,110 hits and 1,833 RBI. He was a recipient of seven Gold Glove Awards and the 1994 Roberto Clemente Award. Winfield joined the Blue Jays in 1992 and was integral in their World Series Championship season. In the decisive sixth game of the Fall Classic, Winfield drove a two-out, 11th inning double down the left-field line to score the two winning runs. In 2001, Winfield became the first Padre inducted into the Hall of Fame. He currently is a Vice President with the organization.
The 25-man rosters and coaches for the U.S. and the World Futures Teams, selected by Major League Baseball in conjunction with MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs, will be unveiled live via the MLB All-Star Futures Selection Show on MLB.TV on Thursday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).
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