It has been unofficially announced the the Chicago White Sox have hired a new hitting coach, Todd Steverson. Steveron came from Oakland, where he served as the A’s minor league hitting coordinator, according to ESPN.
Before his most recent position with the A’s, Steverson was Oakland’s first-base coach from 2009-10 and was also a minor league manager in the team’s system. The Southern California native and Arizona State product played in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers in 1995 and the San Diego Padres in 1996, batting .256 over 31 career at-bats. He played seven seasons professionally.
Steverson, 42, replaces Jeff Manto, who was fired as White Sox hitting coach days before the conclusion of the season. Manto served two seasons in that spot after taking over for Greg Walker.
The White Sox could obviously use Steverson’s help as soon as possible, as the team was last in the American League in runs scored (598), and were second to last in on-base percentage with .302, as well as OPS with .602.
The move is good for Chicago, who obviously needs help with hitting.
The A’s, using a hitting approach that is taught in their minor league system, were third in the American League in both runs scored (767) and OPS (.745).