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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

A’s GM David Forst maps out blueprint to hire manager to replace Bob Melvin

“I don’t think we have a timeline for it yet,” Forst said. “Obviously, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there with the (collective bargaining agreement), with the ballpark situation. There’s a lot of variables. We don’t actually need a manager until February.”

The A’s have identified some internal options, including third-base coach Mark Kotsay, bench coach Ryan Christenson, hitting coach Darren Bush and Triple-A manager Fran Riordan.

Asked specifically about Kotsay and Christenson, Forst said, “Ryan more traditionally came through the minor leagues, managed at every level and won. Mark’s resumé, playing and non-playing, speaks for itself. He’s been a hitting coach, he’s been a bench coach, he’s been at third base, he’s spent a year as a quality-control coach, where actually he worked a lot with us in the front office. Since his playing days ended, he’s basically done everything he needed to prepare for that job.

“I think both those guys can be major-league managers.”

As far as possible external options — for example, Ron Washington, who previously coached in Oakland, managed in Texas and now coaches in Atlanta — Forst said “it’s not fair” to discuss outside candidates because the A’s haven’t yet asked teams for permission to speak with anyone.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2021 at 12:27 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. You can keep your massive haul Posted: November 10, 2021 at 12:50 PM (#6052276)
I would love to see Ron Washington get the job.

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