I had the honor of meeting him at the Ports Game on the night I got to throw out one of the several first pitches. He was a Stockton Port before Boston called him up from Oakland.
Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player to play for the Boston Red Sox, died on Wednesday. He was 85.
Webster Garrison will be at the helm for Stockton after serving as the manager for Beloit in 2018. Garrison enters his 21st season with the A’s organization as a minor league coach or manager. Chris Smith will begin his coaching career as he will serve as the pitching coach. The former Major Leaguer appeared in 77 games, going 1–4 with a 5.71 ERA. He finished his playing career in 2017 with the Oakland A’s. Brian McArn returns for his second season as the Ports hitting coach. McArn has been with the organization for 21 years and has spent three different stints with the Ports (2011–2012, 2014–2015). Javier Godard will serve Stockton as a coach after finishing his playing career last season with Vermont. The infielder played in 224 games in the organization before joining the Stockton coaching staff. Shane Zdebiak enters his third season as Stockton’s athletic trainer after serving the last two seasons with Beloit. Before joining the A’s, he worked for the Mariners from 2014–2015. Matt Mosiman will serve as the strength and conditioning coach for his second straight season with Stockton and third overall with the organization.