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New Oakland Athletics Coaching Shortlist

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Bob Melvin has been the manager of the Oakland A’s since the latter half of the 2011 season. In his 10-year stint with the A’s, Melvin has gone 853-764, a .528 win percentage. Melvin’s time in Oakland (as well as the team’s time in Oakland) is finally coming to a close. With a new location looming in the future, it seems the front office wants to move on from Melvin and start fresh. A recent tweet from Britt Ghiroli announced a list of possible candidates for the head job next season.

Options

Some of these options are rather surprising to see given the future of the team. Mark Kotsay is a former Athletic for four years and current third-base coach. Jensen is the current catcher coach and Bush is a former minor league player and current hitting coach for the A’s. Many people are questioning the coach to not interview Ron Washington, as he has been getting some interest from teams after winning a World Series with the Braves in 2021.

Of the current list who are expected to interview, the only candidate that gives me any hope for a decent rebuild is Matt Quatraro. Quatraro is the current bench coach for the Tampa Bay Rays and has been asked to interview by the Mets as well as the A’s. Being in the Rays organization gives me some sort of hope that Quatraro has an idea on how to build a team.

However, just from looking at the list, I believe this is how the next five years go. The A’s just promote someone from in the organization to take over while the team transitions to Las Vegas. The big four in Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Chris Bassitt, and Sean Manaea all end up leaving whether it be through a trade or free agency. The team then begins a slow rebuild and whoever is hired now will be fired and they will hire the coach they actually want to carry the team.

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