Catcher Drew Butera and third baseman Danny Valencia will represent the Minnesota Twins as members of the MLB All-Star team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series. The team will travel to Taiwan to play the Chinese Taipei national team in November.
The entire roster will be reveled in the coming weeks, but joining Butera and Valencia on the MLB All-Star roster will be Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano from the New York Yankees, Pablo Sandoval from the San Francisco Giants and Logan Morrison from the Florida Marlins. Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers was also named to the roster. Cabrera’s participation will be determined based on if the Tigers make it to the World Series.
The coaching staff will be lead by San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy. Bochy’s coaching staff will include his current Giants bench coach Ron Wotus, Giants bullpen catcher Billy Hayes, Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Tampa Bay Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton.
The Taiwan All-Star Series will consist of five games played between November 1st-6th in three different cities – New Taipei City (XinZhuang Stadium) on November 1st, Taichung (Intercontinental Stadium) on November 3rd and 4th and Kaohsiung (Chengcing Lake Stadium) on November 5th and 6th.