The Oakland A’s have (and I love how they use this word instead “fired”) dismissed the longest tenured member of their coaching staff, first base coach Tye Waller. The club has not yet confirmed any reason for the dismissal.
“I was told the team was going cutting edge when I asked why I was being let go,” Waller said. “I know they are making changes, but other than this, I don’t know what else they want to do.
Waller joined the A’s coaching staff in 2007 under former manager Ken Macha. He was hired as the first base coach and spent time in 2008 moving between coaching at first and third.
In 2009, Waller was promoted by new manager Bob Geren who had taken over in 2008, to bench coach and remained there until 2011 when Bob Melvin took over the managerial position for Geren mid-season. During Geren’s tenure as manager of the A’s the team went 334-374 and had just one season where the the team finished at the .500 mark of 81-81.
Under Melvin, Waller was demoted but not fired, resuming his coaching duties at first base. He also assisted in coaching the A’s outfielders throughout his time with the team.
Waller played in the professional baseball for eleven seasons, moving back and forth between the big leagues and the minors. He spent four seasons in the big leagues.
Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth round of the 1977 amateur draft, he made his Major League debut on September 6, 1980 with the Cards. The next season he was traded to the Chicago Cubs on December 22, 1980 to complete a deal that had been made earlier in the month.
Waller spent two seasons with the Cubs and was sent across town to the Chicago White Sox where he wound up in the team’s farm system. Granted free agency in 1983 he signed with the Houston Astros and spent the next three seasons in their minor league system before being called up in 1987. He appeared in 11 games for the Astros in 1987 and retired after the season at the age of 30.
In his four years in the big leagues Waller complied a .236 batting average to go with four home runs and 14 RBI.
The Athletics are expected to retain the rest of their coaching staff in 2016 including bench coach Mike Aldrete, hitting coach Darren Bush, pitching coach Curt Young, assistant hitting coach and catching coach Marcus Jensen, bullpen coach Scott Emerson and the recently returned third base coach Ron Washington.