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Dauer to coach for AL in All-Star Game

Fully recovered from brain surgery, he'll be joined by Rays' Cash and Martinez, Black in NL
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Rich Dauer, months after requiring emergency brain surgery in an accident that nearly claimed his life, will be among the coaching contingent for manager AJ Hinch's American League staff at next Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

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Rich Dauer, months after requiring emergency brain surgery in an accident that nearly claimed his life, will be among the coaching contingent for manager AJ Hinch's American League staff at next Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Nationals Park, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.

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Dauer was the Astros' first-base coach during the club's World Series title run in 2017, and he made a miraculous recovery from an acute subdural hematoma that he suffered after slipping on a wet floor the day before Houston's championship parade.

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MLB announced that Rays manager Kevin Cash will also be on Hinch's staff. For the National League, Rockies manager Bud Black and Nationals manager Dave Martinez will be on Dodgers manager Dave Roberts' staff.

Additionally, MLB announced that 20-year umpiring veteran Ted Barrett will serve as crew chief and call balls and strikes. His crew will include Jim Reynolds (first base), Alfonso Marquez (second base), Andy Fletcher (third base), Mike Muchlinski (left field) and Cory Blaser (right field).

The official scorer for the game will be MLB's Washington-based scorer, Ben Trittipoe. Another Washington-based official scorer, Dennis Hetrick, will oversee scoring for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.

Dauer, a 10-year MLB veteran who retired last offseason after 19 years as a Major League coach, including a three-year run with the Astros, has been an inspiration following his nearly fatal accident last November, in which he was given a 3 percent chance to live after collapsing near the end of the Astros' parade and needing to be hospitalized. Dauer's remarkable recovery took five months, culminating with an emotional moment in April in which he threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Minute Maid Park during the Astros' home opener.

"I have never seen him that emotional," Hinch said at the time. "This guy has been charismatic and joking and laughing, a never-had-a-bad-day-type coach since the day I was with him with the Royals. To see him emotional as he was walking out on the field … the World Series mattered to him. Living mattered more."

Hinch and Dauer will also be joined by Hinch's entire staff from Houston this season, including second hitting coach Jeff Albert, first-base coach Alex Cintron, bench coach Joe Espada, hitting coach Dave Hudgens, third-base coach Gary Pettis, pitching coach Brent Strom and bullpen coach Doug White.

Cash, who is in his fourth season overseeing an improving Rays club that entered Tuesday 46-44, will make his second trip to the Midsummer Classic in as many years, having been part of Indians manager Terry Francona's staff last year in Miami.

Black, who was a finalist for the NL Manager of the Year Award in his first season with Colorado last year, will make his first appearance since the 2003 All-Star Game, when he was part of Angels manager Mike Scoscia's staff. Black managed the Padres and had Roberts as his bench coach from 2011-15. The two remain close.

Martinez, who is in his first season as the Nationals' skipper, will be a hometown representative of sorts. He served on the AL staff in '09, when he was bench coach for then-Rays manager Joe Maddon.

Barrett has worked three World Series, eight League Championship Series, eight Division Series and four Wild Card Games. Barrett's 100 career postseason games are tied for seventh most all-time.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be overseen by Minor League umpires Malachi Moore (home plate) of the Texas League, Edwin Moscoso (first base) of the Southern League, Kyle McCrady (second base) of the Texas League and John Mang (third base) of the Eastern League.

Fans can cast votes for the final player on each league's roster -- on computers, tablets and smartphones -- exclusively online as part of the 2018 Camping World MLB Final Vote, as well as via the MLB At Bat and MLB Ballpark mobile apps, until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

Then on Tuesday, July 17, while watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_.