The Oakland A’s are one of two MLB teams in need of a manager and have begun the interview process with a handful of candidates within and outside the organization.
As of now, A has plans on whether to interview at least six candidates for the job to replace Bob Melvin. Internally, that includes quality control manager Mark Kotse, catching coach Marcus Jensen and hitting coach Darren Busch. AK bench coach Ryan Christensen would not be included as he followed Melvin to San Diego to become the Padres bench coach.
External candidates include Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Boston Red Sox bench coach Will Venable and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quattraro. Teams may hire a new manager during the MLB lockout, as a dispute between the league and the player union prohibits transactions with only 40-man rosters.
A’s new manager will have bigger shoes to fill; Melvin left the organization after 11 seasons, six postseason berths and has gained a reputation as a favorite among many players filtered in and out of Oakland over the past decade. Sources told this news organization that the interviews are still in process and there is no timeline for a final decision.
The happy-spending New York Mets are also looking for a new manager and are interested in some of the A’s names, including Quattro and Espada. Current Mets president and former A’s executive Sandy Alderson draws a lot from the A’s outfit — New York has tried and failed to lure Billy Bean and Melvin to the East Coast, but Bay Area native and fan-favorite outfielder Mark Canha. and signed the business deadline acquisition Starling Marte. MLB before the lockout.
Both the A’s and the Mets’ search for a new manager has been slow, perhaps because of the uncertainty surrounding the lockdown. Each team is flying on the opposite trajectory. Under new owner Steve Cohen, the Mets are spending more for some stability.
With the roster looking for some direction after a disappointing 2021 season, the A are in full swing. While it may take some time to get him hired, a new steward can be a necessary helm for Aim A’s ship during the lockout.
But without direction, it’s unclear what type of manager they might prioritize. They may like the stability and cost-effectiveness of an in-house promotion. An outside hire can spark some much-needed new perspective.
Cotse, Espada, Venable and Quattraro have reportedly been interviewed for some managerial discoveries in recent years.
Quattraro is a popular name in managerial negotiations. After serving as Cleveland’s hitting coach in 2014, the Tampa Bay Rays hired him as their third base coach in 2017 and was promoted to their bench coach in 2018, replacing Charlie Montoyo when he Left to manage the Toronto Blue Jays.
Espada, successful as a bench coach with the offensive powerhouse Houston Astros, has gained interest in recent years from the San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
Venable, a former big leaguer, has interviewed with the Giants and Astros and served as a mentor to the Cubs and as Red Sox bench coach in 2020, helping Boston regain postseason prominence. helped to grow.
Kotse has done interviews with a handful of teams, including the Astros, Red Sox and Detroit Tigers, while donning several hats in his 17 years in the A’s organization. In Oakland he currently serves as the Quality Control Coach, and has also been a Hitting Coach, Bench Coach, and Third Base Coach.
A can keep the former catcher pipeline running by hiring Oakland native Jensen, who has been with the big league club since 2014 as a catching coach and hitting coach. He last managed the Arizona Athletics in the Arizona League from 2009 to 2013.
Bush replaced Chilli Davis as A’s hitting coach in 2014. Prior to that, he served as the team’s bullpen coach and managed the Stockton Ports, Double-A Midland Rockhounds and Triple-A Sacramento Rivercats, earning the California league championship, Texas league championship and Pacific Coast league division title from 2007 to 2012. till his rise.