White Sox to hire Steverson as new hitting coach

White Sox to hire Steverson as new hitting coach

October 25, 2013, 12:00 pm
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General manager Rick Hahn has crossed another important task of his to-do list with the hiring Friday of hitting coach Todd Steverson, a major league source confirmed.

Steverson, 42, is set to replace Jeff Manto, who was fired Sept. 27 after two seasons as the White Sox hitting coach. The White Sox are expected to wait until the conclusion of the World Series to announce the hire of Steverson.

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A former first-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays, Steverson was the minor-league hitting coordinator for the Oakland A’s. He also has been a manager within the A’s farm system from 2005-08, advancing from Single-A to Triple-A.

Steverson played in 31 major league games for the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres. An outfielder, he hit .241 in seven minor league seasons and also played for the St. Louis Cardinals organization and the Blue Jays.

The Arizona State University-product is tasked with helping to turn around an offense that finished last in the American League in runs and walks, only a season after they finished fourth in runs. The team’s 598 runs scored are the fewest in a 162-game season since the 1980 team produced 587.

Hahn has done his part to revamp the team’s offense through a slew of moves since July. He acquired 22-year-old outfielder Avisail Garcia in a July trade and last week signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year deal.

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MLB.com first reported Steverson’s hire on Friday.