"The '96 team, if you ask those guys, to me was the best team I've ever been on and not just because of wins and losses," Greer said. "That was a tight-knit group that pulled for each other and went out and played the game regardless. It is special to be the first guy from that team to be inducted."Johnny Oates was the manager of that team and was also a coach that year in the All-Star Game. He was the last Rangers manager to be selected to the American League coaching staff for an All-Star Game until Washington was selected on Wednesday by Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "It means a lot that Jimmy would even consider me in that situation," Washington said. "It just shows how much of a class guy he is." It will be a homecoming for Washington, who spent 11 years in the Bay Area as a coach for the Oakland Athletics. "It's in the Bay Area, so it gives me a chance to go back there," Washington said. "It was a class move. I never thought I'd be coaching in the All-Star Game. It's certainly an honor." This will be Washington's first All-Star Game in the Major Leagues. Whittleman is hitting .320 with 44 runs scored, 12 home runs and 43 RBIs for Class A Clinton, and Duran is hitting .325 with 50 runs scored, 13 home runs and 41 RBIs in 69 games and 246 at-bats at Double A Frisco.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Drew Davison is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.