Ventura hesitant about coaching 3rd in ASG

DETROIT – Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland suggested he'd like Chicago White Sox's skipper Robin Ventura to coach third base at the All-Star Game.

Ventura is hesitant.

"I don't know if that's a good idea," Ventura laughed. "We'll see when we get there."

Ventura doesn't want to have a "Tommy Lasorda moment."

Lasorda was invited to coach third in the sixth inning of the 2001 All-Star Game when Vladimir Guerrero's bat splintered apart and the barrel of the bat nailed the former manager on his hip and sent him tumbling backwards, with his heels over his head.

"That moment goes through my head, I'll be able to get out of the way I think," Ventura said. "It being in New York, I played for the Mets for three seasons and Yankees for two, it's a great place to have the All-Star Game. I'm excited to go, it's a great event. Anyone that's asked to go should go because it's that fun."