The Mike Aldrete rumors were apparently true.
Despite St. Louis Cardinals officials stating last week that all members of the coaching staff were set to return in 2015, the San Francisco Chronicle was first to report that bench coach Mike Aldrete is leaving St. Louis to take the same job with the Oakland A’s. The formal announcement is expected to be made Monday.
Though the 53-year-old has one year remaining on his Cardinals contract, the new California assignment has appeal for multiple reasons. Aldrete is from the area and still lives there. In addition, he previously served under A’s manager Bob Melvin as Seattle’s first base coach and hitting coach at Arizona. Earlier, he played for both Bay Area Major League clubs among his six big league stops.
Aldrete joined Tony La Russa’s Cardinals staff seven years ago as assistant hitting instructor and moved up to bench coach under Mike Matheny three years ago. He is the third coach to leave St. Louis in the last three years, following hitting coach Mark McGwire, who went to the Dodgers two years ago and assistant hitting coach Bengie Molina, who left for Texas last fall.
Recently, I wrote about the type of coach that might fit best as Aldrete’s replacement: “Will the Cardinals Add their Own Don Zimmer?”
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