Brad Ausmus Joins the Oakland Athletics as Bench Coach for New Manager Mark Kotsay

Brad Ausmus, former manager of the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels, has been hired as the bench coach for the Oakland Athletics, bringing much-needed experience to rookie manager Mark Kotsay’s coaching staff.

The A’s finalized Kotsay’s coaching staff on Friday, and also announced the promotion of Tommy Everidge to major league hitting coach and the hiring of Chris Cron as assistant hitting coach.

Ausmus, 52, managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, winning the AL Central at the start of that four-year stretch and finishing with a 314-332 regular-season record. The veteran major league catcher then went 72-90 in his only season as Angels manager in 2019, a year marred by the sudden death of young pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Everidge, 38, has spent the past eight years as hitting coach in the A’s farm system and was originally drafted by the team in 2004. Cron, the father of Colorado Rockies first baseman CJ Cron, spent the the last eight years in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system, most recently as the organization’s outfield coordinator, and has amassed two decades of minor league managerial experience.

The hires saw Darren Bush move from hitting coach to third base coach and Eric Martins move from assistant hitting coach to first base coach. Mike Aldrete will transition from first base coach to quality control coach. Kotsay, 46, spent the past six years on the A’s coaching staff and was hired during the offseason to replace Bob Melvin as team manager. The A’s allowed Melvin to opt out in the final year of his contract to join the San Diego Padres.