The Oakland Athletics welcomed back a familiar face to the organization on Monday, hiring Garvin Alston to take over as the A’s big league bullpen coach. Alston coached in the A’s system from 2005-2015 before taking a position as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ big league bullpen coach in 2016.
Alston was the A’s minor league pitching coordinator in 2015. He replaced Scott Emerson in that position. Emerson, who was the A’s big league bullpen coach starting in 2015, took over as the A’s pitching coach on Thursday. Emerson replaced longtime A’s pitching coach Curt Young, who was let go by the A’s after their last road trip.
Alston was a 10th-round selection of the Colorado Rockies in 1992 and he pitched professionally until 2003, reaching the big leagues with the Rockies in 1996. He joined the A’s as a minor league pitching coach in 2005, overseeing the Low-A Kane County staff in 2005 and 2006. Alston then served as the High-A Stockton Ports’ pitching coach from 2007 and 2008 before moving into the A’s pitching rehab coordinator role from 2009-2014. During his tenure as the A’s pitching rehab coordinator, he helped Sean Doolittle make the conversion from position player to pitcher. Several current A’s pitchers, including Doolittle, Ryan Dull, Bobby Wahl, Daniel Gossett, Sonny Gray, Santiago Casilla and Sean Manaea were in the A’s minor league system during Alston’s previous tenure with the A’s.
Alston is scheduled to join the A’s big league coaching staff in time for their game against the Houston Astros on Monday night.
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