Written by The Staff
Thursday, 12 October 2006 01:16
Oakland A's third base coach Ron Washington will be interviewing for the managerial opening with the Texas Rangers. Washington is considered to be one of four finalists for the position.
A's general manager Billy Beane said after Game 2 of the American League Championship Series that he's talked to Rangers GM Jon Daniels and granted permission for them to speak with Washington, but no interview date had been set.
Washington interviewed last year for the Florida Marlins opening and the A's brief opening, before Ken Macha was rehired.
Macha and numerous A's players have consistently lobbied for Washington and raved about what a great manager he would make.
But they've also acknowledged what a huge blow it would be for the organization because he's been so instrumental in making poor infielders adequate, good infielders great, and great infielders the best.
"I don't care where he goes, Wash deserves a shot," injured second baseman Mark Ellis said. "I'm just glad he's getting an opportunity. Obviously, we'd like it to be somewhere else, so we don't have to face him. But for him to get a shot anywhere is exciting. I know he's going to interview well. I hope he gets the job.
He deserves it, and hopefully he'll get it."
(The Oakland Tribune)