Steverson Named Sacramento Skipper

On Thursday, the Oakland A's and the Sacramento River Cats announced that Todd Steverson would be the 2008 manager of the River Cats. Steverson managed the Midland Rockhounds in 2007 and, before that, was the manager of the Stockton Ports for two seasons. Brad LaRosa was named the new trainer of the River Cats for 2008, as well.

Todd Steverson becomes the third manager in Sacramento River Cats' history. He was announced at a press conference in downtown Sacramento on Thursday afternoon. In addition to announcing Steverson's new position, the A's and River Cats announced that Pitching Coach Rick Rodriguez and Hitting Coach Brian McArn will be returning to Sacramento for their eighth and fourth seasons respectively.

Steverson was the Ports' skipper for two seasons.
Steverson brings a 214-203 career managerial record with him to Sacramento. He first joined the A's organization in 2004 as the short-season Vancouver hitting coach, and he has been on the fast-track through the system ever since. In 2005 and 2006, Steverson was the manager of the High-A Stockton Ports, taking them to the playoffs in each of his two seasons with the club. Last year, he guided the Double-A Midland Rockhounds, who just missed out on a playoff spot. Before joining the A's organization as a coach, he was coaching in the St. Louis Cardinals chain. Steverson is currently on the coaching staff of the Phoenix Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League.

Steverson, Rodriguez and McArn will be joined in Sacramento by Athletic Trainer Brad LaRosa, who will be in his first season both with the A's organization and at the Triple-A level.

Steverson is replacing manager Tony DeFrancesco, who was hired by the A's to be the team's third base coach for the 2008 season after five years in Sacramento. LaRosa is replacing long-time Sacramento trainer Walt Horn, who took the same position with the A's for 2008.

Sacramento will enter the 2008 season as the defending PCL and Triple-A champion.

The Sacramento River Cats' media service contributed to this report.

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