Tye Waller returns for his ninth season on the A's coaching staff, including his fifth consecutive season as first base coach. He joined the A's in 2007 as first base coach and split the 2008 season between first base and third base. Waller served as Bob Geren's bench coach in 2009 and 2010 before returning to the first base coaches box in 2011. This is Waller's 11th season on a major league staff, as he was San Diego's bullpen coach in 1995 and first base coach in 2006.
Waller spent 19 years in the Padres organization, beginning in 1988 as a coach with the Padres rookie-level club in Spokane, Wash. He then served as the club's Minor League outfield and base running instructor from 1989-93 before taking over the managerial duties at Spokane for the 1994 season. Following his one-year stint on the Major League staff in 1995, Waller served as San Diego's coordinator of minor league instruction from 1997-99 and as director of player development from 2000-05.
Selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1977 First-Year Player Draft, Waller played 11 seasons professionally, including parts of four seasons in the Majors. In his first season of professional ball, he batted .320 for Calgary and led the Pioneer League in hits, runs and RBI on his way to league MVP honors. He made his major league debut with the Cardinals in 1980, appearing in five games for the Redbirds. He was traded to the Chicago Cubs in the off-season to complete a deal that sent Leon Durham and Ken Reitz to the Cubs for Bruce Sutter. He appeared in 30 games for the Cubs in 1981, finishing the season batting .268 with three home runs and 13 RBI. Waller was traded to the White Sox in December of 1982 and signed a free agent contract with the Astros in 1983. He appeared in 11 games for the Astros in 1987, his last season of professional ball.
A native of Fresno, Calif., Waller graduated from Hoover High School and attended San Diego City College for two years. Tye makes his off-season home in San Diego with his wife, Cynthia. The couple has four children-Elliott and triplets Todd, Terrence and Tiffany.