06/11/2002 3:14 pm ET
Paul Molitor, Dave Concepcion to manage All-Star Futures teams
Seven-time All-Star Paul Molitor will manage the U.S. Team and nine-time All-Star Dave Concepcion will manage the World Team in the RadioShack All-Star Futures Game, July 7 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, it was announced today.
Now in its fourth year, the RadioShack All-Star Futures Game features the top U.S. and International Minor League prospects competing against each other as part of RadioShack All-Star Sunday. The seven-inning affair will begin at 4:30 p.m. (CDT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.
Molitor, the 1978 American League Rookie of the Year, played for three teams during his 21-year Major League career, including Milwaukee, Toronto, and Minnesota. He spent the first 15 years of his career in Milwaukee and his number "4" was retired by the Brewers in 1999. Molitor led the Brewers to the 1982 World Series and became the only player ever to record five hits in a World Series game.
As a Blue Jay, he was named MVP of the 1993 Fall Classic against Philadelphia. Molitor hit .418 (23-55) in World Series play, tied for second all-time. Molitor, only the fifth player to record at least 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases, finished his career with a .306 average, 3,319 hits, 1,307 RBI and 504 stolen bases.
"I'm very excited to be returning to Milwaukee and taking part in the All-Star festivities at Miller Park," said Molitor. "Having the chance to manage the U.S. team in the RadioShack All-Star Futures Game is something that I'm really looking forward to."
Concepcion, born in Aragua, Venezuela, spent his entire 19-year Major League career playing for the Cincinnati Reds. He was named MVP of the 1982 Mid-Summer Classic, hitting a two-run homer to win the game for the National League. Concepcion was an integral part of the "Big Red Machine," helping the Reds win back-to-back World Series championships in 1975-76. At shortstop, Concepcion won five Rawlings Gold Gloves in his career (1974-77 and '79). In 1985, he reached milestones when he collected his 2,000th hit and 300th stolen base. Concepcion finished his playing career following the 1988 season with a .267 lifetime average, 2,326 hits, 101 home runs, 950 RBI, and 321 stolen bases.
The 25-man rosters and coaches for the U.S. and the World Futures Teams, selected by Baseball America in conjunction with Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball Clubs, will be announced at a later date.
As part of RadioShack All-Star Sunday, the first 10,000 fans in attendance at Miller Park on July 7 will receive a commemorative RadioShack All-Star Futures Game bobblehead doll featuring current Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets in the United States uniform he wore while playing in the 2000 All-Star Futures Game at Turner Field in Atlanta.