New White Sox hitting coach Steverson is the creative type

New White Sox hitting coach Steverson is the creative type

October 25, 2013, 1:30 pm
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New White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson has already gained notoriety for his actions in the dugout.

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Steverson, who will be announced officially next week, was the Oakland A's minor-league hitting coordinator and also previously managed within the organization from 2005-08.

He made headlines in July 2012 when he was banned by the California League from the dugout for a full year.

Steverson, filling in as the interim manager of the Class-A Stockton Ports, ordered his pitcher -- a position player -- to intentionally balk three times to end a June 23 game in the 18th inning. Steverson, understanding the low levels of the minor leagues are more about development than winning, was worried about the health of his players.

League president Charlie Blaney handed out the one-year ban in the interest of keeping the integrity of the game intact for fans.