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A’s won’t bring back bench, pitching or hitting coaches

Sep 30, 2011, 6:53 PM EST

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The A’s announced Friday that bench coach Joel Skinner, pitching coach Ron Romanick and hitting coach Gerald Perry won’t return for the 2012 season.

All three were in the first year’s on the job in 2011, though it was actually Perry’s second go-round with the A’s.  Of course, all three were hired during Bob Geren’s tenure as A’s manager. Bob Melvin figures to get input on the new selections now. Melvin just got a three-year extension to stay on as Oakland’s manager.

Skinner’s star really seems to have dimmed. He was frequently talked about as a potential managerial candidate after a decent stint as an interim manager for the Indians in 2002, but the Indians passed him over for the permanent job twice and lasting just one year in Oakland won’t help him any.

The A’s also announced that first base coach Tye Waller and third base coach Mike Gallego will be invited back.

  1. addictedzone - Sep 30, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    The same Gerald Perry that averaged 4 and a half homeruns per season over his career as a slugging first baseman?

  2. dailyrev - Sep 30, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    I don’t get firing the pitching coach — they pitched fine, just couldn’t hit the ball out of their shadows except for a brief period near the end of the season. That kid Gonzalez gets just a little better and they improve their offense, Mr. Verlander will have some stiff competition for his next Cy.

  3. APBA Guy - Oct 1, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Romanick’s departure was a surprise, not so much the others.

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