Longtime baseball friends Mike Aldrete and Bob Melvin are being reunited once again on the Oakland A's staff after Aldrete was named Oakland's bench coach on Monday.
Aldrete, a former Stanford standout who recently finished his third season as bench coach with St. Louis, previously coached on Melvin's staffs in Seattle and Arizona.
Stanford grad Mike Aldrete is the new bench coach for the Oakland A's
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.
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.