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A's name Steve Connelly pitching coach at Vermont


OAKLAND, Calif.-Steve Connelly, who pitched in both the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants organizations during a nine-year professional career, has been named the pitching coach for the A's Short-A minor league affiliate, the Vermont Lake Monsters. He has served as pitching coach for the University of Alabama-Huntsville the past three seasons.

Connelly, 39, is a native of Long Beach, Calif. who starred on the University of Oklahoma's 1994 team that won the College World Series.   He was selected by Oakland on the 24th round of the 1995 amateur draft and pitched four seasons in the A's organization.   He made his Major League debut in 1998, posting a 0-0 record and 1.93 ERA in three relief appearances with Oakland.

He later pitched in the Giants' minor league system for five seasons.

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