A's minor league hitting coach hired by White Sox

A's minor league hitting coach hired by White Sox
October 25, 2013, 1:45 pm
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A's minor league hitting coach Todd Steverson will replace Jeff Manto, fired as the White Sox’s hitting coach on Sept. 27. (USATI)

The Chicago White Sox are expected to hire A’s minor league hitting instructor Todd Steverson as their new hitting coach, though an announcement likely won’t come until after the World Series.

Steverson has spent the past two seasons as Oakland’s roving hitting instructor in the minors. He served on the major league staff as first-base coach from 2009-2010. In 2011, he was the hitting coach for Triple-A Sacramento before becoming the roving hitting coach the following season. Steverson also managed Sacramento in 2008.

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He will replace Jeff Manto, fired as the White Sox’s hitting coach on Sept. 27. Chicago finished last in the American League in runs this season with 598. Their team batting average of .249 ranked 11th among 15 teams.

Steverson, an outfielder, played two seasons in the majors with Detroit (1995) and San Diego (1996).

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The A’s also lost a member of their scouting department Friday when Craig Weissmann was hired by the Miami Marlins to be their vice president of player personnel. Weissmann spent the last seven seasons with Oakland, serving the last two as a special assignment scout.

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