The Athletics are hiring Mark Kotsay, who has been on their staff since 2016 and was recently their third baseman, as their new manager. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman was the first to report the news:
Kotsay succeeds Bob Melvin, who left Oakland earlier this offseason to become the Padres’ new manager. He spent much of his 17-year major league career in Oakland, playing for Track and Field from 2004 to 2007, and he has become a well-respected coach since his retirement after the 2013 season. He became a Special Assistant. of the Padres immediately upon retirement and coached San Diego batting in 2015 before joining track and field as a bench coach. He then served as a quality control coach before becoming the third baseman.
Kotsay will have a tall order ahead of him, as he will oversee a team with a few major clubhouse issues on the horizon. The Athletics are expected to break down when the lockdown ends and trade many of their star players, and Property has expressed a desire to move the team – likely to Las Vegas. Kotsay’s people management skills will be crucial as athletics goes through a difficult transition, and his institutional knowledge within the organization will likely be invaluable.