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April 2, 2014

Classic adds big sticks for May 24 game

Staff Report

The Hall of Fame Classic got a power boost Tuesday.

Heavy hitters Eddie Murray and Andre Dawson will join four fellow National Baseball Hall of Famers on the coaching staffs for the sixth annual Classic, which is set for May 24 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown.

Murray finished his 21-year Major League Baseball career in 1997 with 504 home runs, leading to his 2003 induction into the Hall. Dawson hit 438 homers in a 21-year career that ended in 1996. He reached the Hall in 2010.

The two will join Roberto Alomar, Rollie Fingers, Phil Niekro and Ozzie Smith on two Hall of Fame coaching staffs for the Memorial Day Weekend event, which will be part of the shrine’s 75th anniversary celebration. Earlier this month, the Hall said Niekro and Smith would return as managers and team captains.

The Hall also announced Tuesday that Jim Thome — a member of the 600 club for home runs — is one of 24 former major leaguers who have committed to play in the seven-inning exhibition game. Thome hit 612 homers over a 22-year career that ended in 2012.

The others, in alphabetical order, are: Vinny Castilla (Rockies), Brady Clark (Brewers), Jeff Conine (Marlins), Adam Everett (Astros), David Eckstein (Angels), Steve Garvey (Dodgers), Alex Gonzalez (Blue Jays), Luis Gonzalez (Diamondbacks), Scott Hatteberg (A’s), Livan Hernandez (Nationals), Todd Jones (Tigers), Brad Lidge (Phillies), Hideki Matsui (Yankees), Carl Pavano (Twins), Kerry Robinson (Cardinals), Ivan Rodriguez (Rangers), Aaron Rowand (White Sox), Kirk Rueter (Giants), Reggie Sanders (Reds), Mike Sweeney (Royals), Dan Wheeler (Rays) and Jack Wilson (Pirates).

The Hall said via email Tuesday that its goal is to produce rosters of retired players who will represent each of the 30 MLB franchises. The Hall will announce roster additions throughout the spring.

Classic tickets cost $12.50 for first- and third-base seats and $11 for general admission outfield seats. Tickets may be purchased over the phone (1-877-726-9028) or online (www.baseballhall.org). Special ticket packages also are available.

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