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Longtime Woodhaven baseball coach Bob Kloss has had a storied tenure with the Warriors, which includes well over 500 wins in 40 years of service.

A new chapter will be written in the veteran’s coaching career on July 1 when Kloss takes the field at Comerica Park as one of the coaches in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Game.

Kloss will serve as an assistant coach for the West All Stars under head coach Bob Walmsley from L’Anse Creuse.

The selection came as a surprise to Kloss, who found out during a conversation with Trenton Coach Todd Szalka.

“Todd was selected to the MHSBCA executive board and I told him congratulations and he said ‘congratulations to you, too, Bob,’” Kloss said. “He told me I’ve been selected by a panel of Michigan high school baseball directors to coach in the All Star Game.

“It’s an honor to be selected for this event by my peers.”

Szalka, who was taking part in his first meeting as a member of the MHSBCA board, viewed Kloss’ selection as a no-brainer.

“I didn’t really know what the criteria was for that and they started throwing some coaches out,” Szalka said. “I looked at the list of people who have coached and I got home and thought Bob Kloss has been going at it for 40 years and someone who has done this for that long deserves a shot to coach that game.

“I told them about it and there were no objections. Since I played for him, I’d like to be the one to tell him. It’s a great chance to bring notice to the area Downriver.”

After being selected, Kloss met with his fellow coaches to put the team together.

“We spent about three or four hours going through applications to play on the team and we could pick 18 players and four alternates,” Kloss said. “That wasn’t an easy process because there were a lot of good applicants. I had a little bit of input on the selections, especially for the kids in this area.”

With a bit of lobbying by the Warrior skipper, some local athletes will be showcased as Trenton’s JT Conti and Woodhaven’s Zach Tallman were nominated and selected to play for the East All Stars.

“They both had great careers at Trenton and Woodhaven,” Kloss said. “You don’t want to just recognize a kid who had a great year. You want to recognize the kids who had great careers.”

Kloss will likely find himself coaching at either first or third base during the game.

“I’m sure any signals we’re going to have will be pretty basic,” Kloss said.

While many Downriver supporters will flock to Comerica Park to support Conti and Tallman, don’t be surprised if Kaline’s Corner become’s “Kloss’ Corner” after making countless connections over his 40 years of coaching.

“I’ve always told people that the true judgment of a coach is really not wins and losses and district and regional titles; it’s really how much you teach and how much you show these kids when they’re growing up,” Kloss said. “I feel that I’ve always connected well with my players and the proof of this is that I’m still in contact with a lot of my former players.

“Winning is great in the short term, but what’s important to me is the long term relationships I’ve had with these kids over the last 40 year. I try to prepare them for life, for their careers and jobs.”

The gates will open at Comerica Park at 6 p.m. on July 1 with pregame ceremonies beginning at 6:45. The nine-inning game will begin 15 minutes later at 7 pm and an award ceremony will take place at the game’s conclusion. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10.

Last Updated: 6/28/2013 10:55:13 AM EST