Athletics name new hitting coach, bullpen coach


After losing hitting coach Chili Davis to the Red Sox, the A’s made the decision to promote from within, selecting bullpen coach Darren Bush as their new hitting coach and replacing him in the bullpen with Scott Emerson.

Emerson had been the team’s pitching coordinator. Also moving up was minor league hitting coordinator Marcus Jensen, who will serve an assistant hitting and catching coach.

Bush, 40, managed in the A’s system for six years before taking over as the team’s bullpen coach. He had a terrific track record in the minors, going 87-56 and 86-58 in his two years with Triple-A Sacramento. Bush previously played in the minors for three years, though he played just one game above A ball. The Padres signed him as a 25-year-old in 1999 after he hit .332/.412/.595 with 16 homers the previous year in the independent Frontier League.