A's to interview Geren, Washington
Oakland general manager Billy Beane will interview two members of the Athletics' coaching staff this coming week for the team's managerial vacancy.
Bullpen coach Bob Geren, considered a front-runner to replace Ken Macha, will meet with Beane on Tuesday in Phoenix. Third-base coach Ron Washington will follow Wednesday, also in Phoenix, where the A's have their minor league complex and hold spring training.
The team hasn't said who else might be candidates to replace Macha, who failed to come to terms on a new contract with the A's after proposals were exchanged last week. He left Oakland after seven years with the club, the last three as manager.
For Geren and Washington, interviewing for managerial jobs is new.
"I'm very happy to get an interview," Geren said by phone Sunday night. "I feel like it's an honor. I certainly don't want to get ahead of myself. I'm thinking about the interview and I'm excited about it. I look forward to going through the process. I'm glad it's with us because I have knowledge of our organization."
Macha was scheduled to interview with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday as they look for Lloyd McClendon's replacement. Macha lives in the Pittsburgh area and would be a convenient hire, though the Pirates plan to speak to former Dodgers manager Jim Tracy on Monday and he appears to be the leader.
Beane told the A's coaches he would give them consideration if the team didn't reach agreement with Macha -- just as Oakland did when it promoted Macha from bench coach after Art Howe left to manage the New York Mets following the 2002 season.
The 53-year-old Washington, largely credited for helping develop players such as Miguel Tejada, Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby, is scheduled to interview Tuesday with the Florida Marlins. He also is considered a candidate for the Tampa Bay job vacated when the Devil Rays parted ways with Lou Piniella after the season.
Nearly 30 of Washington's family members were displaced by Hurricane Katrina in his native New Orleans, and returning to check on his house is another thing on his offseason to-do list.
The A's made the playoffs four straight seasons from 2000-2003 -- losing in the first round each time -- but haven't advanced the past two years and watched the Los Angeles Angels clinch the AL West on Oakland's home field both times.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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