Todd Steverson begins his second season on the major league coaching staff after being named the A's first base coach following the 2008 season. He spent the previous four seasons managing in the A's farm system, compiling a 297-264 (.529) record.
Steverson joined the A's organization in 2004 as hitting coach for their short-season Single-A affiliate at Vancouver. He was named manager at Single-A Stockton in 2005 and guided the Ports to a 78-62 record and playoff appearance. Steverson returned to Stockton in 2006, then spent one year at Double-A Midland in 2007 before moving to Triple-A Sacramento. His River Cats compiled an 83-61 record and won their second consecutive Triple-A and Pacific Coast League championships in 2008. Steverson began his coaching career in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system and spent five seasons with Potomac (1999; 2001-02), Peoria (2000) and Palm Beach (2003), all Single-A affiliates.
Steverson played professionally for seven seasons, including two seasons in the majors with Detroit (1995) and San Diego (1996). He compiled a .256 batting average, two home runs and six RBI in 31 games, including 30 with the Tigers and one with the Padres. Steverson was drafted by St. Louis in the sixth round out of Culver City (CA) High School in 1989, but did not sign and attended Arizona State University. Three years later, he was a first round pick (25th overall) of Toronto and spent three seasons in the Blue Jays farm system before he was selected by Detroit in the Rule 5 draft. He concluded his playing career at Triple-A Memphis in 1998.
Steverson makes his offseason home in Phoenix, Ariz., with his wife, Theresa, daughter Joya and son Jaryn.