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Blast from the past …

Mike Gallego has been hired as the A’s third-base coach/infield coach, which completes Bob Geren’s staff for next season. The announcement was made earlier today. He replaces Tony DeFrancesco, who was re-assigned shortly after the regular season ended.

You’ll remember Gallego was a valuable middle infielder on Oakland’s 1989 World Series championship team. With the A’s suffering through some lean times now, it’s a clever nostalgic touch for the team to add someone with strong links to the glory days. In chatting with Gallego on the phone for a few minutes, it’s obvious he’s fired up about speeding the A’s rebuilding process along. Here’s a little bit more about Gallego’s coaching career since he retired.

DeFrancesco had been shifted from third-base coaching duties to first base in August, flip-flopping with Tye Waller. Seems logical Waller would return to coaching first base with Gallego manning third. …

Joe Stiglich