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A’s add two new hitting coaches, shuffle the deck with staff changes

A’s add two new hitting coaches, shuffle the deck with staff changes

With new manager Mark Kotsay at the helm, the Oakland A’s switched up their coaching staff heading into the 2022 season.

The team officially added Brad Ausmus as the team’s bench coach, a MLB manager for five seasons with the Detroit Tigers from 2014 to 2017 and Los Angeles Angels in 2019. Ausmus provides managing experience behind Kotsay, who will make his big league managerial debut next season in place of Bob Melvin, who left to manage the San Diego Padres.

The hitting coach staff saw the biggest transformation, with Tommy Everidge replacing Darren Bush as hitting coach and Chris Cron replacing Eric Mrtins as assistant hitting coach.

Tommy Everidge, 38, spent eight seasons as a hitting coach in the A’s farm system, working his way up as a coach for Short-Season Vermont in 2014, then Single-A Stockton, Double-A Midland and ending as the Triple-A Las Vegas hitting coach in 2021.

The hitting coach changes come on the heel of a disappointing offensive season for the A’s, who missed the playoffs despite boasting a roster lined with hitting talent. As a team, the A’s .723 OPS ranked 15th in MLB and their .238 ranked 21st. Their 199 home runs ranked 13th in MLB.

Though this A’s team may look different in 2022 in 2021 as they are likely trade some of their offensive stars — most likely Matt Olson and Matt Chapman — the A’s are looking to re-ignite their an offense that fell into mediocre territory last season.

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