Ron Plaza, long-time minor-league roving instructor for the A’s, died Sunday in St. Petersburg, Fla., the team announced Monday. Plaza, 77, was entering his 30th season as the A’s minor-league roving instructor and his 61st in professional baseball as a player, coach and manager.
He had recently suffered a series of small strokes and was being treated at a rehab nursing home in St. Petersburg.
“On behalf of the A’s, I send my deepest condolences out to the Plaza family,” A’s vice president and general manager Billy Beane said in an emailed statement. “Ron was a great baseball man and a wonderful person. His love of the game and dedication to teaching were unmatched during his 30 years with the A’s.”
Ross returns: Tyson Ross is expected to be called up to start today’s game against the Angels. The A’s hadn’t needed to use a fifth starter until this point. Outfielder Colin Cowgill and first baseman Kila Ka’aihue are among the candidates for Ross to replace on the roster.
1972 champs honored: The A’s will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club’s 1972 World Series title — the first world championship won by any major professional sports team in Bay Area history — April 20-21. The two-night celebration will feature appearances by players from the ’72 team, including Rollie Fingers, Vida Blue, Gene Tenace, Bert Campaneris, Joe Rudi and Ken Holtzman, among others.