Ryan Christenson made his debut on a Major League coaching staff as Bob Melvin's bench coach for the 2018 season and returns in the same capacity for 2019. This is his 14th season in the A's organization, which includes five years as a minor league manager and seven seasons as a player.
Prior to his promotion in Oakland in 2018, Christenson spent five seasons managing in the A's farm system. After Single-A stints at Beloit in 2013 and Stockton in 2014, he guided Double-A Midland to back-to-back Texas League Championships in 2015 and 2016. Christenson served as manager at Triple-A Nashville in 2017 and also manned the third base coaching box for team USA in the 2017 All-Star Futures Game. His teams have a 391-307 (.560) record in five seasons.
Christenson played parts of six seasons in the majors with Oakland (1998-2001), Arizona (2001), Milwaukee (2002) and Texas (2003) and was a .222 hitter with 16 home runs and 102 RBI in 452 games. His best season came in his rookie campaign in 1998 when he hit .257 with five home runs and 40 RBI, all career-highs. Christenson batted .237 in 351 games in his four seasons with the A's and was a member of the 2000 American League West champions. His playing career concluded at Triple-A Albuquerque in the Marlins farm system in 2004. Christenson was selected by the A's in the 10th round of the 1995 June draft out of Pepperdine University. He was West Coast Conference Player of the Year in his final season with the Waves after leading the league with a .376 batting average. Christenson is a 1992 graduate of Apple Valley High School.
Christenson resides in Tyrone, Ga. with his wife, Micki, and children, Cassidy and Cameron.