Mike Aldrete was hired as the A's bench coach Monday, joining a Bob Melvin-managed staff for the third time.
Aldrete served the past three seasons as the bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, but he and Melvin go way back. They were Giants teammates from 1986-1988. Aldrete later served as Melvin's first base coach in Seattle in 2004, then worked as the hitting coach for Arizona from 2005-06 after Melvin took over that ball club.
Aldrete was a hitting coach target for Oakland before the A's hired Chili Davis prior to the 2012 season. He lives in the Monterey area, so joining a Bay Area team was a natural draw for him.
Aldrete, 53, replaces Chip Hale, who left the A's to become the Diamondbacks' manager.
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His hiring leaves the hitting coach position left for the A's to fill to complete their 2015 staff. Angels assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen is believed to be one of the candidates after it appeared the Halos initially were reluctant to let him go.