Tigers legend Willie Horton joining Dusty Baker as AL coach at All-Star Game


The Tigers likely won't have a position player in this year's All-Star Game, but they'll have one of the most iconic in franchise history on the American League bench.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that four-time All-Star and 1968 World Series champion Willie Horton, whose name is immortalized on the bricks at Comerica Park, has been selected as an honorary coach by AL manager Dusty Baker of the Astros.

The 79-year-old Horton, who spent 15 seasons with the Tigers after growing up in Detroit and now serves as a special assistant to GM Al Avila, will coach alongside the rest of the Astros' staff at the All-Star Game in Los Angeles next month. Horton overlapped with Baker, a two-time All-Star himself, for 13 years in the big leagues.

National League manager Brian Snitker of the Braves has invited Nationals manager Dave Martinez and Dave Roberts of the host Dodgers to join him in the NL dugout.

The full rosters for both teams will be revealed next month, with the first round of fan voting concluding this week. Miguel Cabrera was the only Tiger who ranked among the top 10 AL vote-getters at his position as of the first ballot update last week.

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