Girardi names his All-Star Game coaches

Girardi names his All-Star Game coaches

BALTIMORE -- Joe Girardi joked that he might try to cram as many former catchers as possible into the American League dugout for this year's All-Star Game, and it would appear that he is on his way.

Girardi has tabbed Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Athletics skipper Bob Geren as his coaches for the game, which will be played on July 13 at Angel Stadium.

The Yankees' representatives will head to Anaheim after completing a seven-game road trip that takes them to play Geren's club in Oakland and also the Seattle Mariners.

"We have the West Coast swing, so we're going to keep it out West," Girardi said. "I'm happy to have both of them, and obviously, Mike has done it before and has been the manager before. I'm looking forward to that time."

Scioscia was a two-time All-Star as a player and managed the AL All-Stars in 2003, and he served as an AL coach in 2002. Geren will be heading to the AL dugout for the first time.

Girardi's Yankees coaches -- pitching coach Dave Eiland, bullpen coach Mike Harkey, first-base coach Mick Kelleher, hitting coach Kevin Long, bench coach Tony Pena and third-base coach Rob Thomson -- are all headed to Anaheim as well.

That means the Yankees will have a combined 51 years of big league catching experience between Girardi, Pena, Scioscia and Geren. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston told reporters on Sunday that Girardi had invited him, but he declined, saying that he would prefer to spend the time with his family.

Girardi said that Scioscia was an easy call for a number of reasons, not the least of which was where the game is being played.