The Stockton Ports, together with the Oakland Athletics, have announced the 2021 coaching staff, led by new manager Rico Brogna. Alongside Brogna will be pitching coach Chris Smith, hitting coach Francisco Santana, assistant hitting coach Craig Conklin, head athletic trainer Nick Voelker, and sport performance coach Kevin Guild. Brogna joins the Ports for his first season in the Oakland Athletics system. Brogna played nine seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Atlanta Braves. Brogna was drafted in the first round (26th) by the Detroit Tigers in the 1988 MLB Draft. After his playing career, he spent one season as a minor league manager with the Arizona Diamondbacks, one season managing in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, and spent time in the front office with the Los Angeles Angels. “I am so thrilled to become the manager of our Ports team for this upcoming 2021 baseball season in Stockton. I wish the season started tomorrow!” said Brogna. “The A’s organization and our coaching staff very much look forward to bringing a team to Stockton that our entire Ports community will be proud of having and supporting all season. Baseball is back. I am personally honored, thankful, and humbled to have this special opportunity with the Oakland Athletics and Stockton Ports to serve. Go Ports!” Chris Smith, who resides in Hesperia, Calif., returns for a second season as the pitching coach for the Ports in 2021, after filling that role for the Ports in 2019. Smith played five seasons in the major leagues including stints with Boston, Milwaukee, and Oakland. He went 1-4 with a 5.41 ERA in 77 MLB games. Francisco Santana will enter his first season as the hitting coach of the Ports. Santana spent the 2019 season with the Arizona A’s and spent the previous two seasons in the Dominican Republic complex with the A’s as the outfield and baserunning coach. He played five years in the New York Yankees organization, recording 12 homers and 100 RBI in 237 minor league games.
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