A's reassign Tony DeFrancesco and decline to renew Clarence Cockrell as strength and conditioning coach
OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics announced two baseball staff changes today. First Base Coach Tony DeFrancesco has been reassigned in the A's Minor League system, while the team will not renew the contract of Strength and Conditioning Coach Clarence Cockrell.
Joining Bob Geren's Major League coaching staff this past season, DeFrancesco has served 15 years with the Oakland organization. Prior to 2008, he spent 14 years managing in the A's Minor League system, including five seasons as manager of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats from 2003-07.
Cockrell recently completed his seventh season as the Athletics' strength and conditioning coach. He arrived in Oakland in 2002 after spending two years as the Detroit Tigers' Minor League strength and conditioning coordinator.
Two days after first-base coach Tony DeFrancesco was reassigned to an unspecified Minor League post, hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo told MLB.com that he had been asked back for a third season with Oakland.
The 2008 A's finished last in the American League in runs scored (646), batting average (.242), slugging percentage (.369) and extra-base hits (418) and tied for last in on-base percentage (.318).