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OAKLAND, CA - SEPTMEBER 22: Third Base Coach Mark Kotsay #7 of the Oakland Athletics makes a pitching change during the game against the Seattle Mariners at RingCentral Coliseum on September 22, 2021 in Oakland, California. The Mariners defeated the Athletics 4-1. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
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Oakland Athletics Hire Mark Kotsay As Manager

(Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

Kotsay was an outfielder for Oakland from 2004-07 and has coached within the organization since the 2016 season

The Oakland Athletics have hired former outfielder and current quality control coach Mark Kotsay as their next manager, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Kotsay, 46, played 17 seasons in the majors, including four seasons in Oakland from 2004-2007. Following his playing career, the Southern California native was hired as the San Diego Padres hitting coach during the 2015 season before joining the Athletics as a bench coach in 2016.

Since the 2017 season, Kotsay has been Oakland’s quality and control coach, specializing in scouting and working with the organization’s minor league clubs and also acted as the team’s third base coach during that time as well.

This will be Kotsay’s first stint as a manager at any level as the former outfielder will fill in the shoes left behind by longtime manager Bob Melvin after the latter departed for San Diego’s managerial position following an 11-year tenure as Oakland’s skipper.