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Steverson to return to Sacramento11/18/2008 2:24 PM ET
Sacramento River Cats
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento River Cats and Oakland Athletics announced today that manager Todd Steverson and the entire 2008 River Cats field staff will return to Sacramento for the 2009 season. Steverson will enter his second season as River Cats Manager, once again joined by pitching coach Rick Rodriguez, hitting coach Brian McArn and athletic trainer Brad LaRosa.
Steverson guided the River Cats to a Pacific Coast League and Triple-A Championship in his first season as River Cats manager in 2008. The River Cats finished 83-61 in the PCL regular season to earn the Pacific South Division crown and pave the way for the team's championship run.
"Our first season together as a staff couldn't have been any more remarkable," Steverson said from his home in Arizona. "Sacramento fans are the best in baseball and I look forward to another great year."
Steverson spent 2007 as manager of the Athletics' Double-A affiliate Midland RockHounds and the previous two seasons (2005-06) at the helm of the Class A Advanced affiliate Stockton Ports. He has a lifetime managerial record of 297-264. The 37-year-old Los Angeles native joined the A's organization in 2004 as the hitting coach for the Class A Short-Season Vancouver Canadians. He spent the previous five seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system at Class A Advanced Palm Beach (2003), Class A Advanced Potomac (1999; 2001-02) and Class A Peoria (2000).
Steverson had a seven-year playing career that included Major League appearances with Detroit (1995) and San Diego (1996). He finished his Minor League career in 1998 with Triple-A Memphis of the Pacific Coast League. Steverson was originally drafted out of Culver City (Calif.) High School by the Cardinals in the sixth round of the June 1989 First-Year Player Draft but elected to attend Arizona State University. Three years later, in 1992, he was a first-round selection (25th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rodriguez played parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues as a right-handed pitcher. In his Major League career, he compiled a 3-4 record and a 5.72 ERA in 31 games. He played in the majors with Oakland (1986-87), Cleveland (1988) and San Francisco (1990).
This season will mark McArn's 12th as a hitting coach in the A's organization, his 13th as a coach in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Cats, he served as hitting coach for Midland, after six seasons with Modesto (Class A Advanced). McArn began his professional coaching career with the Vermont Expos (Class A Short-Season) of the New York-Penn League in 1996.
McArn was selected by the A's in the 26th round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Nebraska and spent two years as a player in the Oakland organization before injuries ended his career. After retiring, McArn coached at American River Junior College in Sacramento for five seasons.
In addition to his athletic training duties, LaRosa, a 2000 graduate of Southern Illinois University who earned a graduate degree in 2003, assists with the team's travel and equipment responsibilities.
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