{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

La Russa didn't speak with Pettini about All-Stars

La Russa didn't speak with Pettini about All-Stars

|
La Russa didn't speak with Pettini about All-Stars
PITTSBURGH -- Astros bench coach Joe Pettini, who will serve as the bench coach for the National League in next week's All-Star Game in Kansas City, said he never had any conversations with NL manager Tony La Russa about which Astros should make the team.

The Astros, not surprisingly, had only one All-Star -- second baseman Jose Altuve, who was voted in by his fellow players. Shortstop Jed Lowrie, whose 14 homers were the most among NL shortstops when the teams were picked, didn't make it.

"It never came up," Pettini said. "In the back of my mind, I was thinking [La Russa] may call at some point and ask, and I had the guys in mind I was going to recommend and he never did call. We did get a guy on there and I'm happy for Jose. I thought Jed had a shot and I was kind of pulling for him, as well, but everybody's got someone that doesn't make it."

La Russa, who retired after leading the Cardinals to the World Series title last year, asked Pettini last winter if he wanted to be on his staff for the All-Star Game. He was looking forward to spending time at home, but his wife understood the significance of being with La Russa for his final game.

"As much as he's done for me in the last 10 years, I wasn't going to miss that," Pettini said.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español