York Revolution manager Andy Etchebarren has been involved in his fair share of all-star games over the course of his baseball career.
Heck, come Wednesday, when Etchebarren will handle the duties as manager of the Freedom Division team in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, 45 years will have passed since the former catcher had his first experience with a Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 1966.
That year, Etchebarren was one of four Baltimore Orioles on the American League team, alongside Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson and Steve Barber. They were among a cast of players that also included Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew — all future Hall of Famers.
Etchebarren was also selected to the game in 1967. However, he didn’t see action in either of the games. Detroit’s Bill Freehan and Minnesota’s Earl Battey caught in 1966 and Freehan caught the entire game in 1967.
Etchebarren has a hard time remembering the experiences, whether that be because those games were held nearly half-a-century ago, or the fact that he didn’t see time in them.
“You know how long ago that is? That’s 45 years ago,” Etchebarren said.
Nonetheless, the skipper admittedly won’t have a problem managing Wednesday’s game at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
“We’re not gonna have any signs. We’re not gonna bunt. We’re gonna swing the bats and see what happens,” he said.
Etchebarren will have the task of making sure all 22 players on the Freedom Division team see playing time. And along with that comes the duty of handling the pitchers, including five starting pitchers.
On the major league level, that can be a contentious issue. Look at Philadelphia, where the Phillies are worried about the amount of pitches and innings that starters Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee will toss Tuesday night in Phoenix for this year’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Etchebarren, though, doesn’t see the big deal in worrying about that.
“The starter will go two innings, and everybody else will pitch an inning. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “And if the starter gets in trouble, he doesn’t have to go two. Every pitcher after that could pitch an inning, but they don’t have to throw a whole inning.”
The Revs will have seven players suit up for the Freedom Division team on Wednesday. Catcher Octavio Martinez, starting pitchers Corey Thurman and Matt DeSalvo, infielders Vince Harrison and Eric Eymann and outfielders James Shanks and Val Majewski were all selected to the game.
It’s unclear who will be Wednesday’s starting pitchers. Even Thurman himself said Sunday night he’s not sure if he’ll be the Freedom Division’s starter. Either way, Thurman said he’s just glad to pitch in front of his home crowd.
“I’m just excited for something like this, with this importance to the City of York, especially after winning the (Atlantic League) championship last year. Then to be here, to be at home, it’s pretty great,” Thurman said.
Etchebarren has similar sentiments.
“I love this place. I love the fans. I think they like me. We’ll have a good time with it,” he said. “Of course we want to win. This division wants to win. But if we don’t, it’s not the end of the world.”Read More