White Sox hire hitting coach

Updated: October 25, 2013, 10:25 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

That offense the Oakland Athletics flaunted all season caught the eye of the Chicago White Sox.

Todd Steverson, who has most recently served as the A's minor league hitting coordinator, will be named the White Sox's new hitting coach, a major league source has confirmed. The official announcement is expected to come after the World Series.

Before his most recent position with the A's, Steverson was Oakland's first-base coach from 2009-10 and was also a minor league manager in the team's system. The Southern California native and Arizona State product played in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers in 1995 and the San Diego Padres in 1996, batting .256 over 31 career at-bats. He played seven seasons professionally.

Steverson, 42, replaces Jeff Manto, who was fired as White Sox hitting coach days before the conclusion of the season. Manto served two seasons in that spot after taking over for Greg Walker.

The White Sox finished last in the American League in runs scored this past season with 598, and were next to last with a .302 on-base percentage, and .680 OPS. Only the Houston Astros were worse in OBP and OPS.

The A's, using a hitting approach that is taught in their minor league system, were third in the American League in both runs scored (767) and OPS (.745).

Steverson's hiring was first reported by MLB.com.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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