Jan. 28, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz.-- The wait was long, but new Arizona head coach Andy Lopez finally received word that he will have not one, but two managers for the Jim Click All-Pro Alumni Game on Feb. 10. Three-time World Series champion Vida Blue and recent World Champion Erubiel Durazo will share the managing duties for this season's game.
Blue, one of seven pitchers ever to win both the Cy Young Award and the league MVP in the same season, was a vital cog in the Oakland Athletics' three-year run in the World Series from 1972-74. One of the top left-handers all time in MLB history, he pitched 17 seasons in the bigs with the A's, San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.
In 1971 he broke on to the scene with his award winning season in which he was 24-8 with a 1.82 ERA in over 300 innings pitched. He won a grand total of 209 games in over 500 starts and struck out 2,175 hitters in 3,343.1 innings.
Assisting Blue this season is the Arizona Diamondbacks' Durazo. A key role player off the bench for the most recent World Series champions, he hit one of the most historic homers in franchise history in the National League Championship.
Trailing 2-1 to the Atlanta Braves, D-Backs manager Bob Brenly called on Durazo to pinch hit for an ailing Mark Grace. The left-handed hitting Durazo laced Braves' ace Tom Glavine's offering around the foul pole in down the left field line for a two-run, go-head homer. Teammate Randy Johnson came on to preserve the tenuous 3-2 lead to send Arizona its first World Series appearance ever.
The annual All-Pro event features ex-Arizona players that have gone on to play professional baseball. Among the former Wildcats appearing at this season's game are San Francisco's J.T. Snow, San Diego's Trevor Hoffman and Baltimore's Scott Erickson. Game time is set for 1 p.m. on Feb. 10.