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Continued: Managing at All-Star Game: an honor and a headache

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 5, 2014 - 6:13 AM

“I was fortunate enough when I managed the All-Star Game that I lost them both, and we got blown out early, so I could get everybody in,” Washington said. “I wasn’t in a position where I’m playing in a 3-2 ballgame and I want to keep the guys out there.”

Baltimore fans still haven’t forgiven former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston for failing to use Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina in the 1993 All-Star Game at Camden Yards. Mussina fueled the fire when he chose to start warming up in the bullpen while Toronto closer Duane Ward finished the ninth inning to a chorus of boos.

“One thing about this job: You will be criticized,” Gaston said after leading the AL to a 9-3 victory.

In 1988, Kelly seemed to push all the right buttons when the AL won 2-1 in Cincinnati. Frank Viola, Roger Clemens and Dennis Eckersley were among the eight pitchers Kelly used in that duel.

“Doyle Alexander was the only guy who didn’t pitch,” Kelly said. “But I saved him because it was a 2-1 game, and if they tie it up, you’re going to have that problem they had back in 2002.

“And [Alexander] was mad. God, he was mad. I tried to explain to him, ‘It was 2-1, Doyle. You’ve pretty much got it after they tie it up.’ ”

In 1992, Kelly’s AL squad jumped on Tom Glavine for four first-inning runs and cruised to 13-6 victory in San Diego. Kelly had no problem emptying his bench, as Ken Griffey Jr. led the hit parade with a single, double and home run. Of course, Kelly still got grilled afterward: Why hadn’t he let Griffey go for the cycle?

Kelly shrugged it off. Griffey understood. A cycle had been the least of their concerns.

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