ACE IS BACK

Dave Ste­wart re­turns to A’s as spring train­ing in­struc­tor

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Dave Ste­wart is back with the Oak­land Ath­let­ics as a spring train­ing in­struc­tor.

The 1989 World Se­ries MVP for Oak­land will spend the first five days of camp work­ing with pitcher.

Ste­wart won 20 or more games for five straight sea­sons. He was Ari­zona’s gen­eral man­ager from Septem­ber 2014 to Oc­to­ber 2016.

“Feels right. I wore this uni­form for a long time. I’m re­ally ex­cited about hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to work with the pitch­ers,” Ste­wart said as work­outs be­gan Wed­nes­day. “What­ever I can do and give them or talk about that may help out, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. I’m ex­cited.”

Asked about the ab­sence of a vet­eran in his ro­ta­tion, man­ager Bob Melvin joked Ste­wart was present.

“When I was in­tro­duc­ing him to­day, I was go­ing to go through all the ac­co­lades, and I told them this may take an hour,” Melvin said. “Prob­a­bly as fierce a com­peti­tor as ever has been on the mound. Cer­tainly em­braced be­ing an Oak­land Ath­letic. . He was about win­ning, he was about be­ing there for his team and that’s some of the things that we want to get across to our guys.”

Ste­wart wore his A’s cap low over his eyes and spoke calmly but with pur­pose, just as he did in his play­ing days.

“I’m not the kind of guy that just spills in­for­ma­tion for the sake of spilling it. It’s just re­ally lis­ten­ing at the player and watch­ing the player, and then help­ing where you can help,” he said. “This is a young at­mos­phere in gen­eral. There are no real, in my opin­ion, vet­eran guys. So for a guy like me, hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity and the chance to sit down with young kids that are thirsty for knowl­edge, it’s the best sit­u­a­tion.”

Melvin hopes pitch­ers learn about mound pres­ence from Ste­wart and gain con­fi­dence.

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