Aldrete rejoins Melvin to be A's bench coach

Aldrete rejoins Melvin to be A's bench coach

A's manager Bob Melvin is reuniting with longtime pal and peer Mike Aldrete, who was named Oakland's new bench coach on Monday, replacing Chip Hale.

Aldrete, who recently finished his third season as bench coach with St. Louis, previously coached on Melvin's staffs in Seattle and Arizona. He had a year remaining on his contract with the Cardinals, but in taking over for Hale, the new manager of the D-Backs, he gets to return to a familiar place.

Born in Carmel, Calif., and a graduate of Monterey High School and Stanford University, Aldrete played for seven different teams, including the A's (1993-95) and the Giants (1986-88), during his 10-year Major League career as a first baseman and outfielder.

Aldrete began his coaching career in 2001 in Arizona's Minor League system and earned his first Major League coaching opportunity in 2004, when he was named first-base coach on Melvin's staff in Seattle. He followed Melvin to Arizona the following year and was his hitting coach there for two seasons.

In 2008, Tony La Russa hired Aldrete to be assistant hitting coach with St. Louis and, after four seasons in that position, he was promoted to bench coach after Mike Matheny was hired to succeed La Russa as manager.

The A's are still in the process of getting a new batting coach, following Chili Davis' departure to Boston to take the same role with the Red Sox. Angels assistant batting coach Dave Hansen is the leading candidate.

Aldrete's finest season as a player was with the Giants in 1987, when he batted a career-high .325 on a team that lost to St. Louis in the NLCS. He split his final season between California and New York in 1996, ending his career as a member of the World Series-champion Yankees.

A third-team All-America in his senior season at Stanford, Aldrete was chosen by the Giants in the seventh round of the First-Year Player Draft in 1983.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.