As the manager of the reigning AL pennant winning Indians, Terry Francona is slotted to manage the American League All Star Team.
However, Francona has had several health scares lately. The most recent, which have landed him in the hospital, have been several dizzy spells, the cause of which has not been determined. Francona also experienced chest pains last season, and had a hip replacement procedure this winter.
Because of his current hospitalization he will not be able to travel to Miami for the All -Star Game. He has named his bench coach, Brad Mills, as his substitute, and the entire Cleveland coaching staff will take part, as well as former Indians coach and current Rays manager Kevin Cash. His inclusion was reportedly suggested by MLB’s Joe Torre:
Joe Torre, the league's chief baseball officer, called Francona earlier this week and asked if he wanted to add Rays manager Kevin Cash to the mix.
"I was like, 'Hell, yeah,'" Francona said. "He's going to be on the staff, too. That makes it even more special because Cash knows all these guys and me."
Kevin Cash coached under Francona in Cleveland, and the two have always appeared to have a warm relationship. Of course Cash has been dealing with health problems of his own: he broke his ankle jogging in Baltimore earlier this week and hopes to be off crutches in time for the All-Star Game.
The All-Star Game will take place in Miami on Tuesday, July 11.