Jun 13, 2013 6:18 PM by Andrew Masuda

White Sox manager Ventura invited to All-Star Game staff

Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura was invited by Detroit Tigers skipper Jim Leyland on Thursday to represent the American League in the 84th All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16. The Righetti High graduate, who's in his second year with the White Sox, made two All-Star Games in his playing days in 1992 and 2002.

Leyland invited Ventura and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons to his coaching staff. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy asked Nationals manager Davey Johnson and Mets skipper Terry Collins to be a part of his staff. All four members added to the coaching staffs, including Ventura, have ties to the Mets, who will host the Mid-Summer Classic.

Ventura spent three seasons with the Mets. He won a Gold Glove and finished sixth in the MVP voting in 1999, his first of three seasons in New York. The Arroyo Grande resident was also part of the Mets' NL champions club in 2000. During his 16 year career, Ventura finished with 294 home runs and 1,182 RBI.

Robin finished third last season in the AL Manager of the Year voting after leading the White Sox to an 85-77 record. Currently, the White Sox are 28-35 and in last place in the AL Central.



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