OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's today named Ty Van Burkleo as their hitting coach for the 2007 season.
Van Burkleo comes to the A's from the Los Angeles Angels organization where he was the minor league roving hitting instructor for the past six seasons. He began his coaching career as a player/coach for the Angels at Single-A Lake Elsinore in 1996 and also spent four seasons as a minor league coach in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization from 1997-2000.
Van Burkleo played professionally for 14 seasons from 1981-1994, including Major League stints with California in 1993 and Colorado in 1994. He batted .152 with one home run in 12 games with the Angels in 1993 and also went 0 for 5 in two games with the Rockies in 1994. The 44-year old former first baseman also spent five seasons in Japan with Seibu (1987-90) and Hiroshima (1991), earning Player of the Year honors after hitting .268 with 38 home runs and 90 RBI in 1988. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1981.
Van Burkleo is the second addition to the A's coaching staff since Bob Geren was named manager on Nov. 17, joining Bob Schaefer, who was named bench coach last Wednesday. They join returning coaches Brad Fischer, Rene Lachemann and Curt Young.