Willie Horton named honorary coach for 2022 MLB All-Star Game

One of the great players in Detroit Tigers history has earned another accomplishment in his baseball career, as Willie Horton has been named an honorary coach of the 2022 Major League Baseball All-Star Game next month, accepting an invitation from Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker.

The All-Star Game will be played on July 19 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Shortly after the news was announced, Horton released the following statement.

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“It will be one of my greatest honors to stand alongside one of the best baseball men I know, Mr. Dusty Baker, as an honorary coach at this year’s All-Star Game,” he said.

“Some of the greatest memories from my playing career came from my four all-star appearances, and I’m excited to help represent the Tigers among baseball’s best and brightest at Dodger Stadium next month.”

Horton, who suited up for the Tigers from 1963-1977, was a member of the 1968 World Series-winning squad. During that season, he’d rack up a career-best 36 home runs in 143 games, and would later hit .304 with a home run in the World Series.

Over the course of his career, he hit .273 with 1,993 hits and 325 home runs in 2,028 career games and was a 4-time All-Star himself. He would have his jersey number retired in 2000, and he’s remained within the organization as a special assistant to the general manager since 2003.

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Horton then spent time playing with several other MLB organizations, including the Texas Rangers (1977), Cleveland Indians (1978), Oakland Athletics (1978), Toronto Blue Jays (1978), and Seattle Mariners (1979-80).

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