The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 14th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. The game will begin at 5 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (CT) and can be viewed live on ESPN2, ESPN2 HD and MLB.com. SiriusXM, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of Major League Baseball, will provide play-by-play coverage of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on MLB Network Radio XM 89 in addition to its other comprehensive live coverage from Kansas City. Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Kauffman Stadium, culminating with the 83rd All-Star Game on July 10.
Brett, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, is the only Royal who is enshrined in Cooperstown. A second round pick in the 1971 First-Year Player Draft, Brett hit .305 with 317 home runs, 1,595 RBIs and 665 doubles while leading the Royals' 1985 World Series Championship squad. He was the A.L. Most Valuable Player in 1980 after after winning a batting title with a .390 average, which was the highest in baseball since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. Brett, who also posted 24 home runs and a career-high 118 RBIs in 1980, finished in the top three in A.L. MVP voting three additional times. He was a 13-time A.L. All-Star, representing the Royals in the Midsummer Classic each year from 1976-1988. Brett was a three-time A.L. batting champion (1976, 1980, 1990), becoming the first player to win the batting title in three different decades. He is one of 28 members of baseball's 3,000 hit club, and his 3,154 hits rank 15th all-time. Brett hit .340 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in six League Championship Series and hit .373 in his two World Series. He won the Gold Glove for A.L. third basemen in 1985. George is now in his 19th year as vice president of baseball operations with the Royals, and his No. 5 was retired by the club in 1994, when he entered the club's Hall of Fame.
Williams, who spent his entire 16-year career with the Yankees, hit .297 with 287 home runs and 1,257 RBIs, and was a member of four World Series Championship teams (1996,1998-2000). The San Juan, Puerto Rico, native signed with the Yankees in 1985 at age 17, and made his Major League debut in 1991. Williams, who won the A.L. batting title in 1998 after hitting .339, posted six straight seasons of at least 20 home runs from 1996-2001, including a career-best 30 home runs and 121 RBIs in 2000. The switch-hitter hit .321 during 41 League Championship Series games and he was named the 1996 ALCS MVP after batting .474 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs in the five-game series. He is a four-time A.L. Gold Glove award winner (1997-2000) and he won a Silver Slugger award in 2002. Bernie ranks first all-time in the postseason with 80 RBIs, second with 128 hits, 22 home runs, 29 doubles and 83 runs, and third with 121 games played. In Yankees history, Williams ranks third in doubles (449), fifth in hits (2,336), sixth in runs (1,366), games played (2,076) and RBIs (1,257), and seventh in home runs (287).
Rosters for the 2012 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be announced on Thursday afternoon. Coaches for the U.S. and World Team are as follows:
U.S. Team Coaches
Duane Espy, Tulsa Drillers manager (COL), Double-A Texas League
Tom Filer, Indianapolis Indians pitching coach (PITT), Triple-A International League
Tony Franklin, Trenton Thunder manager (NYY), Double-A Eastern League
Mike Jirschele, Omaha Storm Chasers manager (KC), Triple-A Pacific Coast League
Jim Pankovits, Jackson Generals manager (SEA), Double-A Southern League
John Wathan, special assistant, player development & scouting (KC)
Chris DeLucia, medical operations coordinator (KC)
World Team Coaches
Arnie Beyeler, Pawtucket Red Sox manager (BOS), Triple-A International League
Steve Buechele, Frisco RoughRiders manager (TEX), Double-A Texas League
Darren Bush, Sacramento River Cats manager (OAK), Triple-A Pacific Coast League
Rouglas Odor, Akron Aeros hitting coach (CLE), Double-A Eastern League
Turner Ward, Mobile BayBears manager (ARI), Double-A Southern League
Ruben Niebla, Columbus Clippers pitching coach (CLE), Triple-A International League
Jeff Paxson, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers athletic trainer (MIL), Class A Midwest League
The Minor League Baseball umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Kolin Kline (home plate) of the Southern League, Tom Woodring (first base) of the Eastern League, Nick Bailey (second base) of the Pacific Coast League, and Spencer Flynn (third base) of the Southern League.
Tickets are still available for purchase for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game by visiting www.allstargame.com, calling 1-888-326-3378 or visiting the Royals boxoffice at Kauffman Stadium.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on July 10. The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. Pregame ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m.(EDT)/6:30 p.m. (CDT). 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, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.