Dave Roberts will take his coaching staff to Denver this month to coach the All-Star Game. As the game’s best and brightest descend upon Coors Field, the Dodgers coaching staff will be there to hopefully guide the NL to a win.
Doc has said in recent weeks that there will be a few other coaches joining his staff. The Dodgers skipper invited Rockies manager Bud Black to join the staff, and he also talked about extending George Lombard an invitation. Now with the Tigers, it wouldn’t make much sense for Lombard to join the NL squad.
Roberts had also hinted several times that there would be a special guest on his staff. He held off on telling the media for as long as possible, but the Dodgers made the announcement today. Former outfielder Reggie Smith will be joining Doc’s staff for the Midsummer Classic in Denver this month.
Smith was with the Dodgers from 1976 all the way up through the World Series win in 1981. He would retire after playing the 1982 season with the San Francisco Giants. He was selected to 7 All-Star teams throughout his big league career, including 3 times with Los Angeles.
Funny enough, Smith was also the starting center fielder the last time the Dodgers hosted the All-Star Game in 1980. Los Angeles had 4 starters in the lineup that day including Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Bill Russel.