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Athletics lose Garvin Alston to the Twins

The Oakland Athletics have a vacancy on their big league coaching staff.

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A's bullpen coach Garvin Alston is joining the Minnesota Twins as their pitching coach. / Oakland Athletics

Oakland A’s bullpen coach Garvin Alston has been named the pitching coach for the Minnesota Twins, the Twins announced on Thursday. The A’s now have an opening for a bullpen coach.

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Alston re-joined the A’s as the bullpen coach midseason when Oakland promoted Scott Emerson from bullpen coach to pitching coach and let go longtime pitching coach Curt Young. Alston spent the 2005-2015 seasons as a pitching coach in the A’s minor league system before leaving for the 2016 season to be the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen coach. Alston was let go at the end of the 2016 season and had been coaching in the San Diego Padres’ system before joining the A’s mid-year.

Alston held a number of different roles in the A’s system. In 2005 and 2006, he served as the pitching coach for the Low-A Kane County Cougars. Then in 2007 and 2008, Alston was the pitching coach for the High-A Stockton Ports. From 2009-2014, Alston was the A’s minor league rehab pitching coordinator. In 2015, he served as the A’s minor league pitching coordinator, taking over for Emerson, who moved up to the bullpen coach position.

Alston was a 10th round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 1992. He appeared in six games in the big leagues for the Rockies in 1996.

Alston issued a statement to the A’s via Twitter, thanking them for his time with the organization.

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