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11/01/2005 6:36 PM ET
Oakland A's name Gerald Perry as hitting coach
Thirteen-year Major League veteran previously served as hitting coach in Pittsburgh and Seattle
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics announced today the club has agreed to terms with Gerald Perry on a one-year contract to serve as the club's Major League hitting coach for the 2006 season.

In addition, the Athletics announced the remainder of the Major League coaching staff-Brad Fischer, Bob Geren, Rene Lachemann, Ron Washington and Curt Young-will return for the 2006 season. Washington, Geren and Young agreed to terms on two-year contracts through the 2007 season, while Lachemann and Fischer agreed to terms on one-year deals for the 2006 campaign. Geren will assume the duties of bench coach, Lachemann will take over the first base coaching duties and Fischer will be assigned as the bullpen coach.

Perry, 45, served as the hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates for the last three seasons after serving in the same capacity with the Seattle Mariners (2000-02). In his first season as the Pirates hitting coach, the team batting average improved 23 points from .244 to .267, which was the third best team mark in the National League in 2003. During his three-year stay in Seattle, the Mariners led the Major Leagues in on-base percentage (.357) and walks (2,018) and topped the American League in batting (.278), runs (2,648) and ranked third in batting average with runners in scoring position (.285) and were second in hits (4,649).

Originally selected by Atlanta in the 11th round of the 1978 June Draft, Perry compiled a .265 career batting average to go along with 59 home runs and 396 RBI in his 13-year Major League career (1,193 games) which included stops in Atlanta (1983-89), Kansas City (1990) and St Louis (1991-95). In 1987, Perry set an Atlanta record with 42 stolen bases, which were the most by a Major League first baseman since Rod Carew stole 49 with the Minnesota Twins in 1976. The following season, he led all Major League first basemen with a .300 batting average, 164 hits and 29 stolen bases and was elected to the National League All-Star Team. In 1993, he was voted the top pinch-hitter in the NL by league managers when he finished the season with a Major League-high 24 pinch hits in 70 at-bats (.343), including three home runs. He still ranks as St. Louis' all-time career pinch-hit leader (70).

Following his playing career, he spent three seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization where he served as the hitting coach with Single-A Michigan (1997), Triple-A Pawtucket (1998) and as the Red Sox minor league hitting coordinator (1999).

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