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Twenty years after 1997 World Series, Johnson & Renteria to manage All-Star future teams

A batting practice jersey which will be worn by the National League team at the 2017 All-Star Game held at Marlins Park in Miami.
A batting practice jersey which will be worn by the National League team at the 2017 All-Star Game held at Marlins Park in Miami. @GeorgeRichards

Charles Johnson and Edgar Renteria were big parts of the Florida Marlins winning the World Series in 1997.

Come July, the former teammates will be adversaries during the All-Star celebration at Marlins Park.

Johnson, the Marlins’ catcher on the 1997 championship team, will manage U.S. Team in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 9.

Renteria, Florida’s shortstop who singled in Craig Counsell with the game-winning run to beat the Indians in Game 7, will manage the World Team.

The All-Star ballpark experience kicks off on July 9 with the futures game and the celebrity softball game. On Monday, June 10, the Major League All-Stars will workout at Marlins Park and hold the popular home run derby.

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Florida Marlins catcher Charles Johnson warms up before a game at Pro Player Stadium on Sept. 12, 1997. CM GUERRERO El Nuevo Herald file photo

The annual All-Star Game — held for in South Florida for the first time — will be held on June 11.

Johnson, who starred at the University of Miami and caught the first three no-hitters in Marlins history, will be assisted in the dugout by former Marlins Cliff Floyd (hitting coach) and Al Leiter (pitching coach).

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A jubilant Edgar Renteria runs toward first base after singling in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning leading the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series championship. WALTER MICHOT Miami Herald file photo

Former Marlins coach Jerry Manuel will serve as Johnson’s bench coach.

Not to be outdone, Renteria’s coaching staff will at least include Luis Castillo — Florida’s former second baseman. The rest of Renteria’s staff will be announced later.

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