Archive for the ‘Coaches’ Category

Merv Rettenmund


Merv, who gathered two World Series rings as a player for the Reds and Orioles in the ’70s, had a sparkling 1971 season that saw him place 19th in the MVP vote. He was the ’89 A’s hitting coach.

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Rene Lachemann


Rene, a Los Angeles native, was a part-time catcher for the Kansas City and Oakland A’s before embarking on a long-term coaching career. Like Dave Henderson, he was on the Red Sox 1986 team before moving to Oakland, where he was the A’s third-base coach. He’s still coaching, for the Colorado Rockies’ AAA team. An article quoted him about playing with Satchel Paige in 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics: “He threw batting practice. He still was very flexible. He threw the hesitation pitch, and I was fortunate to hit one out. I said, ‘Throw it again.’ And he hesitated and threw a fastball and shattered my bat.”

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Tommie Reynolds

Tommie, the A’s bench coach in ’89, spent time as a player with both the Oakland and Kansas City versions of the team.

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Tony La Russa

In ’89, Tony made his offseason home in Sarasota, Florida.

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