Usually when the league president calls a manager, it's bad news.
That was not the case for Tacoma’s Daren Brown, who got a call from Pacific Coast League president Branch B. Rickey asking him to manage the league’s all-star team.
“It is a privilege and an honor, and it’s something I look forward to,” said Brown. “I think it will be a good experience.”
The PCL All-Stars will play the International League All-Stars in the 23rd Triple-A All-Star Game on July 14 in Allentown, Pa. The game will be hosted by the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
It will be Brown’s first trip to Allentown.
“I’ve heard a song named after Allentown but that’s about as far as I can go,” said Brown, referencing a Billy Joel tune.
Brown is the first Tacoma manager to lead the PCL All-Stars since Dan Rohn piloted the PCL to a 5-0 win in Oklahoma City in 2002.
In addition to Brown and Rohn, three other Tacoma managers have been named to PCL or Triple-A all-star team coaching staffs: Red Davis when the Seattle Rainiers hosted in 1961, Cal Ermer when Tacoma held the game in 1974, and Dave Myers when the game was at Norfolk in 1998.
The PCL All-Star team will be made up of players from all 16 league teams. Fan balloting will account for a third of the vote, with league managers and media also voting. Fans can vote online at www.pclbaseball.com and www.tacomarainiers.com until midnight tonight.
This will be Brown’s second time managing a minor league all-star team. He skippered the California League squad in the 2004 California-Carolina League All-Star Game.