Mark Kotsay returns for his fourth season on the A's coaching staff, his second as the major league quality control coach. He will assist Bob Melvin and the ML coaching staff in all areas and will also consult with the front office in other facets of the organization. Kotsay joined the A's as the bench coach in 2016 after making his professional coaching debut as the San Diego Padres hitting coach in 2015. He took a leave of absence June 19, 2017 and missed the rest of the season.
Kotsay spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1997-2013, including a four-year stint with Oakland from 2004-07. He was acquired from San Diego following the 2003 season for Ramon Hernandez and Terrence Long and went on to hit .282 in 472 games with the A's. Kotsay batted a career high .313 in 2004 and tallied a career high 82 RBI in 2005 while belting 15 home runs in each season. He was a member of the A's American League West champions in 2006 and sparked Oakland to its first ALCS appearance in 14 years with an inside-the-park home run in Game 2 of the ALDS at Minnesota.
A former outfielder, Kotsay batted .276 with 127 home runs and 720 RBI in 1914 games during his career, which also included stops in Florida (1997-2000), San Diego (2001-03, 12-13), Atlanta (2008), Boston (2008-09), Chicago-AL (2009-10) and Milwaukee (2011). He made his ML debut with Florida in his second professional season in 1997 and appeared in a career-high 154 games in his rookie season of 1998. After batting .298 in 2000, he was traded to San Diego five days prior to Opening Day in 2001. He hit .292 with a career-high 17 home runs in 2002. Following his stay with Oakland, Kotsay returned to the LCS in 2008 with Boston and 2011 with Milwaukee. He concluded his playing career with San Diego in 2012 and 2013.
Kotsay retired following the 2013 season and spent 2014 in the Padres front office as a special assistant to the general manager and baseball operations. In that role, he was involved in all aspects of the club's baseball operations.
A graduate of Sante Fe (CA) High School, Kotsay attended Cal State Fullerton where he led the Titans to the College World Series Championship in 1995. He was the winner of the Golden Spikes Award and was named Collegiate Player of the Year that year and hit .404 in his collegiate career. Kotsay was the Marlins first round pick and the ninth selection overall in the 1996 draft and also played for the United States in the 1996 Olympics.
Kotsay is married, Jamie, and has three children, Grace, Sienna and Trey. He resides in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., during the offseason.