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Bernie Williams to Manage Baseball Futures Team at All-Star Game

Former New York Yankees outfielder Bernie Williams will manage opposite Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett in the Futures Game during Major League Baseball’s All-Star break next month.

Williams, a 43-year-old native of Puerto Rico, will manage the World Team on July 8 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, baseball announced today in an e-mailed release. Brett, who spent his entire 21-year career with the Kansas City Royals, will manage the U.S. Team.

The All-Star Futures Game, in its 14th year, features prospects from the minor leagues. Past participants include last season’s American League and National League Most Valuable Players, Justin Verlander and Ryan Braun. Rosters for the game will be announced tomorrow.

Williams won World Series titles with the Yankees in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000, and has an MLB-record 80 postseason runs batted in. A five-time All-Star, he won the AL batting title in 1998 after hitting .339, and had six straight seasons of at least 20 home runs from 1996 to 2001.

Brett, 59, hit .305 with 317 home runs, 1,595 runs batted in and 1,583 runs scored, winning the AL MVP Award in 1980 and a World Series championship in 1985. He retired after the 1993 season and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.

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