Mike Aldrete is in his first season as the A's bench coach, rejoining Manager Bob Melvin for a third time in his coaching career. Aldrete, who has served as bench coach for the St. Louis Cardinals the past three seasons, previously worked under Melvin as first base coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2004 and as hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005-06. The 2015 season will mark his 11th on a Major League coaching staff.
Aldrete is returning to his home region. Born in Carmel, Calif. and a graduate of Monterey High School and Stanford University, the former first baseman/outfielder played for seven different teams during his 10-year Major League career, including both the San Francisco Giants (1986-88) and the Oakland A's (1993-95). A .263 lifetime hitter in 930 games, Aldrete also played for Montreal (1989-90), San Diego (1991), Cleveland (1991), the California Angels (1995-96) and the New York Yankees (1996).
He began his coaching career in 2001 as hitting coach for Yakima in the Diamondbacks' Minor League system. He was promoted to manager of Yakima the following season and then managed Arizona's High Class A club in Lancaster in 2003. His first coaching opportunity in the majors came in 2004 when he was named first base coach on Melvin's staff in Seattle. He moved to Arizona the following year when Melvin was named manager of the Diamondbacks, serving as hitting coach there for two seasons.
Tony La Russa, whom Aldrete had played for in Oakland, hired him as assistant hitting coach with St. Louis in 2008. After four seasons in that position, including the 2011 Cardinals team that was crowned World Series champions, he was promoted to bench coach in 2012 when Mike Matheny replaced the retiring La Russa as manager. During his three-year stint as bench coach, the Cardinals advanced to the World Series in 2013 and to the National League Championship Series in both 2012 and 2014.
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 National League Championship Series. 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-American his senior season at Stanford, Aldrete was chosen by San Francisco in the seventh round of the June Draft in 1983. He enjoyed a pair of trips to the College World Series with the Cardinal and was a member of the U.S. Collegiate All-Star Team that toured Japan in 1982. Aldrete graduated from Monterey (Ca.) High School, lettering in baseball, basketball and football.
Aldrete makes his off-season home in Salinas, Calif., with his wife, Gina, and their three children; Michael, Blake and Nicolette. Michael (RHP) was selected by the Cardinals in the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of San Jose State (39th round).