Mets bench coach Acta pulls out of A's manager search

Updated: November 10, 2006, 8:51 PM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- New York Mets bench coach Manny Acta has withdrawn his name from consideration for the manager's job with Oakland, where A's bench coach Bob Geren is still a favorite to be hired.

Acta, who had been scheduled to interview on Sunday, is also a candidate to take over the Washington Nationals. He interviewed in Washington last month.

Geren, the first candidate to interview about becoming Ken Macha's successor, met for 3 hours with general manager and longtime friend Billy Beane and other team officials Oct. 30.

Geren, who has the most extensive managerial experience in the minor leagues and internationally of the candidates, said Friday he hasn't yet heard back from Beane.

"I don't know anything. I wish I did," Geren said in a phone interview. "I've been going about my normal duties and enjoying being home. I'm watching my son play football and will watch both kids' baseball games this weekend."

The A's likely will introduce their new manager next week -- perhaps as soon as Wednesday -- after the club officially announces Tuesday its plans to build a stadium in Fremont, about 25 miles south of its current home in the Oakland Coliseum.

Acta was the last candidate scheduled to interview with Oakland. Beane already has talked with six other candidates, including two who have taken other jobs.

Longtime Oakland third-base coach Ron Washington was hired Monday to manage the Texas Rangers, and former Angels pitching coach Bud Black was hired as skipper of the San Diego Padres.

The remaining candidates to replace Macha are Nippon Ham Fighters manager Trey Hillman, Colorado Rockies bench coach Jamie Quirk and ESPN baseball analyst and former Texas Rangers pitching coach Orel Hershiser.

Beane fired Macha on Oct. 16, two days after Oakland's season ended in a sweep by the wild-card Detroit Tigers in the AL championship series. The A's won a playoff series for the first time since 1990, ending a string of four straight first-round exits from 2000-03.

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