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Schilling to coach in All-Pro Alumni game

By Ryan Finley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
January 19, 2000
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Who says there isn't professional baseball in Tucson?

The 2000 All-Pro Alumni Game will take place Feb. 6 at Sancet Field. This annual fund-raiser benefits the UA baseball program. The concept is simple: current Wildcats will square off against a team of professional ballplayers, all of whom are former UA athletes.

Philadelphia Phillies ace Curt Schilling will be the guest manager for this year's alumni team. He will face off against his current boss, Philadelphia manager Terry Francona, who was a Wildcat shortstop during the 1985 National Championship team.

Last season saw the Wildcats prevail over the alumni by the score of 6-4 in the exhibition game. Last season's game featured players such as the San Diego Padres' Trevor Hoffman, the Baltimore Orioles' Scott Erickson, the San Francisco Giants' J.T. Snow and the Oakland Athletics' Gil Heredia.

In an interview with the Arizona Daily Wildcat last spring, Heredia talked about coming back to his alma mater.

"College for me was an outstanding experience," he said. "Coming back to the UA puts the old memories back in gear. I've been here (the All-Pro Game) for the past 10 years, and it's great being able to come back and represent the Wildcats. It has to be a great privilege to go to this school."

Schilling will join an illustrious list of former guest managers.

Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench managed the first All-Pro team in 1982, while Pete Rose coached the 1985 team. Since 1985, guest managers have included former Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, former Cubs manager Don Zimmer, current Cubs head man Don Baylor, current Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter, and Paul Molitor.

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