Hall of Famer and five-time All-Star Jim Thome and four-time All-Star Dennis Martínez will serve as managers during the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 7th at Progressive Field, it was announced earlier today on MLB Network. The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 21st year, features the top Minor League prospects competing as part of All-Star Sunday. Rosters and umpires for the game will be announced in the coming weeks.
For the first time in its history, the Futures Game will feature an American League vs. National League format, following the U.S. vs. World match-ups of the last 20 years. The game, which will return to a seven-inning contest for the first time since the inaugural Futures Game in 1999, will begin at 7:00 p.m. ET and will follow the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. Last year in Washington, DC, the U.S. Team defeated the World Team, 10-6, to close out the all-time series with a 13-7 advantage, including wins in eight of the previous nine years.
Thome, who will lead the AL Futures squad, played 22 seasons in the Majors as a first baseman/designated hitter for the Cleveland Indians (1991-2002, 2011), Philadelphia Phillies (2003-05, 2012), Chicago White Sox (2006-09), Los Angeles Dodgers (2009), Minnesota Twins (2010-11) and Baltimore Orioles (2012). In 2,543 games, the Illinois native hit .276 and collected 2,328 hits, 612 home runs, 1,699 RBI and 451 doubles. One of the strongest hitters in the history of the game, the left-handed-hitting slugger is one of just nine players ever to amass at least 600 career home runs. Thome added 1,747 career walks and is one of just six players in Baseball history to compile at least 1,700 walks and 1,699 RBI, joining Babe Ruth, Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Barry Bonds. In 1995, Thome helped the Indians win the AL Pennant, surpassing 100 games played for the first time in a season and belting 25 homers with 73 RBI and a .314 batting average. He was selected to his first All-Star team in 1997 while leading Cleveland to its second AL Pennant in three seasons. During a memorable seven-game Fall Classic against the Florida Marlins in 1997, Thome collected two homers, a triple and four RBI. He hit at least 30 homers in each of his nine seasons from 1996-2004, including a four-year stretch from 2001-04 with at least 40 homers. In his final season during his initial stint with Cleveland, Jim launched a career-best 52 home runs, and followed with an NL-best 47 home runs in 2003 during his first season in Philadelphia. Thome, who serves as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the White Sox and as an analyst for MLB Network, was drafted by the Indians in the 13th round of the 1989 Draft, named the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award recipient and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame last summer.
Martínez, who will manage the NL Futures Team, pitched 23 seasons in the Majors for the Orioles (1976-86), the Montreal Expos (1986-93), the Indians (1994-96), the Seattle Mariners (1997) and the Atlanta Braves (1998). After becoming the first Nicaraguan-born player to appear in the Majors, he compiled a career record of 245-193 with a 3.70 ERA over 692 games pitched, including 562 starts. In 3,999.2 innings pitched, the right-hander collected 2,149 strikeouts and notched 122 career complete games, including 30 shutouts. His 245 wins stood as the most by a Latino pitcher for more than 20 years until former Indian Bartolo Colón surpassed the milestone in 2018. On July 28, 1991, “El Presidente” became the 13th pitcher in the history of Baseball to throw a perfect game, leading the Expos to a 2-0 win over the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Martínez, who was teammates with Thome for three seasons in Cleveland, claimed his fourth career All-Star nod in 1995 en route to a 12-5 season, helping the Indians to the AL Pennant. Martínez, who led the NL with a 2.39 ERA, nine complete games and five shutouts during his 1991 All-Star campaign for Montreal, won at least 15 games in a season seven times during his career and finished in the top five in Cy Young voting twice.
The complete coaching staffs for the AL and NL Futures Teams are as follows:
AL Futures Team Manager & Coaches
Jim Thome: Manager (Hall of Famer; Five-time All-Star; 22 MLB seasons; 2,328 career hits; 612 career HR)
Dave Burba: Bullpen Coach (Pitching Coach, Lancaster JetHawks – COL Single-A California League affiliate)
Sean Casey: Hitting Coach (MLB Network Analyst; Three-time All-Star; 12 MLB seasons; .302 career hitter)
Ever Magallanes: Third Base Coach (Manager, Arizona League White Sox – CWS Arizona Rookie League affiliate)
Charlie Manuel: Bench Coach (PHI, Senior Advisor to the General Manager; 2008 WS Champion; 1,000 career wins)
Juan Nieves: Pitching Coach (Pitching Coach, Toledo Mud Hens – DET Triple-A International League affiliate)
Nick Punto: First Base Coach (14 MLB seasons; 2011 World Series Champion)
Andrew Pipkin: Trainer (Minor League Medical Coordinator – CLE)
NL Futures Team Manager & Coaches
Dennis Martínez: Manager (Four-time All-Star; 23 MLB seasons; 245 career wins; 2,149 career strikeouts)
Carlos Baerga: Hitting Coach (Three-time All-Star; 14 MLB seasons; Two-time Silver Slugger winner; .291 career hitter)
Alvaro Espinoza: First Base Coach (Manager, Arizona League Giants Orange – SF Arizona Rookie League affiliate)
Jerry Manuel: Bench Coach (MLB Baseball Development Consultant)
Charles Nagy: Pitching Coach (Three-time All-Star; 14 MLB seasons; 129 career wins)
Ruben Niebla: Bullpen Coach (Minor League Pitching Coordinator – CLE)
Omar Vizquel: Third Base Coach (Manager, Birmingham Barons – CWS Double-A Southern League affiliate)
Chuck Baughman: Trainer (Head Minor League Athletic Training/Performance Coordinator – CHI)
As part of its live All-Star Week programming, MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at 7:00 p.m. (ET), with Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds, Heidi Watney and MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis on the call live from Progressive Field.
SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide live play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209) in addition to SiriusXM’s other comprehensive live coverage from Cleveland. The game will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers on the SiriusXM app for smart phones and mobile devices and online at www.SiriusXM.com/MLB.
Tickets are available for purchase for the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game and the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game by visiting www.allstargame.com or visiting the box office at Progressive Field.
MLB All-Star Week includes the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard at Progressive Field (July 9th), Gatorade All-Star Workout Day featuring the T-Mobile Home Run Derby (July 8th), All-Star Sunday featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and All-Star Celebrity Softball Game (July 7th), PLAY BALL PARK at the Huntington Convention Center (July 5th-9th), plus a lineup of additional events taking place around the city. The 90th Midsummer Classic 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, please visit www.allstargame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.