National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants and American League All-Star manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers announced on Thursday the managers who will serve as their coaches at the 84th All-Star Game.
Bochy's staff will please the hometown crowd Mets, who host the game at Citi Field on Tuesday, July 16, as New York skipper Terry Collins and Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson will serve as his coaches. Johnson guided the Mets to their last World Series title in 1986.
Collins will be an N.L. All-Star coach for the second straight season, having also been asked by N.L. manager Tony La Russa last season, and for the third time overall.
Johnson, the 2012 N.L. Manager of the Year, managed the Senior Circuit in the 1987 Mid-summer Classic in Oakland, and he served as a coach for Whitey Herzog at the 1986 All-Star Game in Houston.
Johnson managed the Mets from 1984-1990, and his 595-417 (.588) mark represents the most wins and the best winning percentage in club history.
Leyland's staff also has a bit of Mets flavor, as he invited Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to represent the American League. Both are former Mets players.
Ventura, in his second year as the manager of the White Sox, was a two-time All-Star third baseman, including for the Mets in 1999, his first of three years with the club. He was a part of the Mets' National League pennant- winning 2000 season.
Gibbons will serve as an A.L. coach for the second time, having worked for A.L. manager Ozzie Guillen at the 2006 Mid-summer Classic in Pittsburgh. Gibbons was a catcher who played 18 games for the Mets in 1984 and 1986 before working as an instructor, coach and minor league manager in the Mets system from 1991-2001.