Four-Time All-Star Willie Horton to Be Honorary Coach for American League;
Dave Martinez, Dave Roberts to Serve for National League
Major League Baseball today announced the honorary coaches and staffs who will be a part of the 2022 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, to be played on Tuesday, July 19th at Dodger Stadium. American League Manager Dusty Baker of the reigning AL Champion Houston Astros has invited four-time AL All-Star Willie Horton to serve as an honorary coach for the AL, while National League Manager Brian Snitker of the defending World Champion Atlanta Braves has asked Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez and Dave Roberts of the host Los Angeles Dodgers to join him in the NL dugout. Horton will accompany Baker’s Astros’ coaching staff at the Midsummer Classic, while Martinez and Roberts will be alongside Snitker’s Braves’ coaching staff at Dodger Stadium. Baker’s Houston staff includes hitting coach Troy Snitker, the son of the NL skipper.
Horton played 18 years in the Major Leagues, including from 1963-1977 with the Detroit Tigers, and batted .273 with 325 home runs and 1,163 RBI. He was an All-Star in 1965, 1968, 1970 and 1973 in the city where he was raised. He was a key part of their 1968 World Series Championship, batting .285 with career-best totals of 36 home runs and a .543 slugging percentage in the regular season. In the Fall Classic, he batted .304 with a double, a triple, a home run, three RBI, five walks and six runs scored in the seven-game victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The outfielder and designated hitter ranks fifth in Tigers’ history with 262 home runs and 10th with 886 RBI. Willie’s number 23 was retired by the Tigers in 2000, when a statue in his likeness was unveiled at Comerica Park. Horton also played for Texas, Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle and Toronto. He currently serves as Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager of the Tigers.
The NL staff will include the last three World Series Championship managers. In his seventh season as manager of the Dodgers, Roberts has managed the NL in three consecutive All-Star Games (2018, 2019 and 2021). The 10-year Major Leaguer led the Dodgers to the 2020 World Series Championship, the Club’s first since 1988. Martinez served as an All-Star coach in 2018, when the Midsummer Classic was held at Nationals Park, as well as in 2009 and 2017, when he served on the staffs of the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs, respectively. The 16-year Major Leaguer is in his fourth season as manager of the Nationals, highlighted by the Club’s 2019 World Series Championship, Washington’s first since 1924.
The athletic trainers for the American League will be Brad Pearson of the Boston Red Sox and Michael Sandoval of the Rays. Brett McCabe of the New York Yankees will oversee the AL’s strength and conditioning duties. The NL’s athletic trainers will be Thomas Albert of the Dodgers and PJ Mainville of the Cubs. Nate Shaw of the Arizona Diamondbacks will manage the NL’s strength and conditioning.
The T-Mobile Home Run Derby headlines Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 18th from Dodger Stadium. ESPN will exclusively televise the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, which will also be available on ESPN Radio and the ESPN App. Spanish-language radio coverage will be available on Univision Radio and the Uforia Audio App.
The MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard returns to Dodger Stadium for the first time in four decades on Tuesday, July 19th. The 2022 Midsummer Classic will join the All-Star Games of 1949, 1959 and 1980 as those hosted by the Dodgers franchise, with the latter two being played in the city of Los Angeles. The 92nd Midsummer Classic will mark the 13th to be played in the state of California, the most among any state. In addition to the games played in Los Angeles, the cities of Anaheim (1967, 1989, 2010), Oakland (1987), San Diego (1978, 1992, 2016) and San Francisco (1961, 1984, 2007) have also hosted Baseball’s annual summer showcase.
The All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by 70 partners in 16 languages across 210 countries and territories. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and Univision Radio (Spanish) will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. For ongoing MLB All-Star Week information, please visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.