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Mark Kotsay excited for first season as A’s manager

Mark Kotsay excited for first season as A's manager

MESA, Ariz. — Since his hiring as the next manager of the A’s back in December, Mark Kotsay anxiously awaited the day he could take the field with his players. Although it took a bit longer than expected, that day finally came.

In advance of Sunday’s mandatory report date to Spring Training, the A’s held an optional workout on Friday at Hohokam Stadium. Batting practices were had, bullpen sessions were thrown, and, for the first time in his career, Kotsay experienced what it was like to run a workout from the manager’s chair — albeit with only about a dozen players in attendance for now.

“I’m very thankful that I’m sitting here today and very excited,” Kotsay said. “There was initial excitement in the announcement that I would be managing them going forward. I’m fortunate in that I have a lot of great relationships with a lot of these guys on the roster.”

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