Dusty Baker's All-Star coaching staff will have a local feel.

Baker asked St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon to be part of his staff for the All-Star game, hosted by the Chicago White Sox on July 15. He said Friday both accepted.

La Russa's managerial career began on the South Side. Named the White Sox's skipper on Aug. 2, 1979, he was 522-510 in seven-plus seasons. He was named AL manager of the year in 1983 after leading the White Sox to a major-league best 99-63 record and the AL West title.

"I thought about Tony and him being a former White Sox. Kind of going back to where he first started," Baker said, explaining his reason for picking La Russa. "I know the amount of people he knows in Chicago, that went into that. Plus, we're there to win and he knows how to win."

McClendon, in his third season in Pittsburgh, was born in nearby Gary, Ind., and still resides in Merrillville, Ind.

"I think that Lloyd McClendon is one of the finer up-and-coming managers around," Baker said. "Plus, Lloyd is from Gary, and I thought that would be a tremendous honor for him and his homefolks to come see him in an All-Star game."

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