September 26, 2003
A pair of ex-big leaguers and a veteran of USA Baseball’s professional clubs were named to the coaching staff of the professional Team USA that will participate at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Panama, beginning Oct. 31.
Manager Frank Robinson will be assisted by Thad Bosley, Eddie Rodriguez and Dave Stewart. Bosley and Stewart, who have big league playing experience, will be the hitting and pitching coaches. Rodriguez, who was part of the staff on the 2000 gold-medal winning Olympic team, will be the third-base coach.
The field staff was selected by the USA Baseball professional team steering committee, which is composed of representatives from Major League Baseball and its clubs, the MLB Players Association and USA Baseball. Bob Watson and Dean Taylor are the Co-Chairmen of the committee.
Rodriguez is the third-base coach for the Diamondbacks. Stewart, who played 16 seasons in the major leagues for five teams including three World Series championship clubs, worked as the pitching coach for the Padres (1998) and Brewers (2002) in the past. Bosley will also man the first base box. Bosley spent four seasons on the Athletics’ coaching staff from 1999-2002, and three as the A’s hitting coach.
USA Baseball and Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday the roster of 30 players who will take part in the USA Team Trials in Phoenix.