Brett Brings Verve To The Futures Game Manager Job
The job of Futures Game manager is largely a ceremonial one, an opportunity for Major League Baseball to pay a small tribute to a past hero of the game. The managers often have local ties, as World manager Guillermo Hernandez did this year, returning to the city where he had his greatest success. But United States manager George Brett was too busy to get his pat on the back. Looking to interview George before the game? He's around the batting cage, watching his charges take batting practice and dispensing advice. Hoping for a photo op? Sorry, George is throwing BP to the fourth group. Brett is one of the only Futures Game managers ever to throw BP. That's not to say Brett made like Tony La Russa. He delegated most of the actual work to his coaches, who were minor league managers and much more familiar with the players than he was.