With new manager Mark Kotsay at the helm, the Oakland As shifted their coaching staff en route to the 2022 season.
The team officially added Brad Ausmus as the team’s bench coach, an MLB manager for five seasons with the Detroit Tigers from 2014 to 2017 and the Los Angeles Angels in 2019. Ausmus delivers management experience behind Kotsay, who will make his big league manager debut next season instead. for Bob Melvin, who left to run the San Diego Padres.
The coaching staff experienced the biggest transformation, with Tommy Everidge replacing Darren Bush as percussion coach and Chris Cron replacing Eric Mrtins as assistant percussion coach.
Tommy Everidge, 38, spent eight seasons as head coach in A’s farm system, worked his way up as coach for Short-Season Vermont in 2014, then Single-A Stockton, Double-A Midland and finished as Triple-A Las Vegas coach in 2021
The coaching changes come on the heel of a disappointing offensive season for the A’s, who missed the playoffs despite boasting a list full of striking talent. As a team, A’s .723 OPS were ranked No. 15 in the MLB and their .238 ranked No. 21. Their 199 home runs ranked No. 13 in the MLB.
Although this A’s team may look different in 2022 to 2021, as they are likely to swap some of their offensive stars – most likely Matt Olson and Matt Chapman – the A’s are looking to revive their attacks that fell into mediocre territory last season .
Everidge, a native of Santa Rosa, was drafted by Oakland in the 10th round of the 2004 draft and played six years in A’s system during his nine-year professional career.
Cron, father of MLB player CJ Cron, joins as A’s assistant head coach from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. The 57-year-old was a minor league coordinator last year and spent 20 years as a minor league manager for the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers in between. From 2014, he worked as the coordinator of the Diamondbacks minor league for four seasons. He last led the Triple-A Reno team in 2019.
Bush and Martins remain in the staff and move on to the diamond. Bush will take Kotsay’s old role as third base and run preventive coaching. Martins will slip over to first base and infield coach. Mike Aldrete, the first base coach in 2021, will be the quality control coach – another role previously held by Kotsay.
Not many changes on the pitching side. Scott Emerson returns as A’s pitching coach and Marcus Jensen as bullpen coach.
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