Jim Skaalen out as A’s hitting coach, Gerald Perry replaces him, plus other staff changes

The A’s just announced a shakeup of their coaching staff. I’ll have a story online a little later. Here’s the nuts and bolts:

–Jim Skaalen has been dismissed after two seasons as hitting coach, with Gerald Perry hired to replace him. You’ll remember Perry was the A’s hitting coach in 2006.

–Joel Skinner was hired as the A’s new bench coach, with former bench coach Tye Waller sliding over to first-base coaching duties. Todd Steverson, the first base coach for the past two years, has been offered a minor league position.

The A’s also confirmed that head trainer Steve Sayles has been let go …

–It’s not a huge surprise that Skaalen was fired considering the team’s offensive woes the past two seasons. But players and manager Bob Geren did speak highly of him during the 2010 season.

More to come later at contracostatimes.com and insidebayarea.com …

Joe Stiglich