3 candidates for new Oakland A’s manager

Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington (37) during game three of the 2021 World Series against the Houston Astros at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sportsa37
Oct 29, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves third base coach Ron Washington (37) during game three of the 2021 World Series against the Houston Astros at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sportsa37 /
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Ron Washington

Ron Washington had become a hot name, particularly in relation to the Padres managerial search before they snagged Bob Melvin. He may well fall into the Oakland A’s lap.

Washington has been a part of the A’s organization before. He had several stints on their coaching staff before becoming the Rangers’ manager and is still beloved by the front office. His work with the younger players on the Braves has been considered a key to their success and subsequent World Series run.

There are questions when it comes to Washington. He is already 69 years old, and may not be interested in going through a rebuilding process. The A’s would need to wait until the World Series is over to interview him if they were interested. And then there is the prospect of the New York Mets, who are also looking for a manager and could easily outspend whatever the A’s would be offering.

But Washington does check a lot of the boxes for Oakland. As a baseball lifer, he does have plenty of experience in a variety of role. His work with younger players would certainly help during a potential rebuild. One just has to wonder how long he would be willing to manage for.

Ron Washington is still beloved by the Oakland A’s front office. He may get another opportunity as a manager by coming back home.

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