Watch: Dave Stewart ‘excited’ to work with young A’s pitchers

MESA, Ariz. — If you were to describe A’s legend Dave Stewart’s demeanor on the mound throughout his storied 16-year career, excitement would be the last adjective you would use.

Stewart was known for his “Death Stare.” He was intense, with an intimidating presence on the mound. But now serving as a Special Instructor during the first week of A’s spring training, excitement was the best way he could describe his opportunity to serve as a resource to the young pitchers on the roster.

“I’m excited. For as excited as I get,” Stewart said with a chuckle.

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Whether it be as a player, coach, agent, or general manager, Stewart has remained in the sport in some capacity since he retired in 1995.

A true baseball lifer, Stewart said he isn’t just showing up to camp to stand around and look like he’s doing something. He wants to bring advice for the many young arms currently in camp who are looking to make a name for themselves.

Dave Stewart on his excitement about sharing knowledge and ideas with young A’s pitchers this spring

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“If I see something and I have an idea, then I’ll share that idea. If I’m asked a question, I’ll share. But coaching is just watching kids and trying to make them better and improve on things that they already have the ability and tools to do,” Stewart said. “I’m not the kind of guy that just spills information for the sake of spilling it. It’s just really listening and watching the player. Really helping where I can help.”

“I’m excited about them all. This is a young atmosphere in general. All of these kids are young. There are no real veteran guys. For a guy like me, having the opportunity and …read more

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