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Speier enjoyed stint as third-base coach

Speier enjoyed stint as third-base coach


LOS ANGELES -- Throughout the current 11-game West Coast road trip, Mark Berry has been back coaching third base for the first time all season. Berry took leave from his position to undergo cancer treatments in his tonsils and lymph nodes. His return meant that Chris Speier, who filled in as third-base coach, returned to his normal duties as bench coach.

Speier enjoyed his brief stint back on the coaching lines.

"I've always enjoyed coaching third base. That's where there's action," Speier said. "I'm ecstatic he is back. It means he's healthy and it makes us better. But, I loved it over there. If I got to choose what I wanted to do, I'd do it again.

"There are two sides to it. At third, you're involved in the offensive side of the game. There is so much that goes into all the decisions on the offensive side. Your mind never turns off at third base. People think there's nothing going on, but even with nobody on base, there are still so much you're thinking about and the possibilities down the road. Your mind is always engaged."

Although Miguel Cairo served as interim bench coach, Speier remained in charge of aligning infield defense and defensive signs, so he was active on both sides of the game at all times.

"It reminded me of when you manage in the Minor Leagues," Speier said. "You coach third base and do everything. The only thing I didn't do was make pitching changes here."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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