OAKLAND -- The A's confirmed that third base coach Ron Washington is interviewing for the Atlanta Braves' managerial opening.
It's not surprising to hear that Washington, who led Texas to back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011, is getting attention. Since rejoining the A's staff last season, his work coaching up the A's infielders has drawn praise, particularly the development of shortstop Marcus Semien.
"I hate to lose him. I hope he gets it," A's manager Bob Melvin said Monday. "That's how highly I think of Ron Washington."
The Braves reportedly will also interview former Padres manager Bud Black and will consider their interim manager, Brian Snitker, as well.
Washington has been open about his interest in managing again. He resigned as Rangers manager late in the 2014 season for personal reasons before joining the A's coaching staff part way through 2015.
In conducting his end-of-season media address, Melvin said he would like to bring back his entire coaching staff for next season, but that the front office would be involved in those decisions.
On this day in 2010, the A's signed 36-year-old Hideki Matsui to a one-year, $4.25 million contract.
Matsui had already enjoyed a brilliant career, both in Japan and Major League Baseball. In seven seasons with the Yankees, Matsui slashed .292/.370/.482 with 140 home runs and 597 RBI, appearing in two All-Star Games and earning World Series MVP honors in 2009.
In 2010 with the Angels, Matsui's production slipped a little bit, but he still notched 21 homers and 84 RBI with a .274/.361/.459 slash line. Unfortunately for the A's, his numbers continued to drop in his one season in Oakland. Matsui slashed .251/.321/.375 with 12 home runs and 72 RBI, all career-lows for a full season.
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Still, Matsui provided a couple of memorable moments, collecting his 2,500th career hit and 500th career home run (between MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan). He served as a designated hitter, mixing in 27 games in the outfield.
For just $4.25 million, it ended up being a pretty good deal for Oakland, despite his decreased offensive production. The A's knew Matsui was past his prime when they signed him, but figured he could add some offense and leadership to the clubhouse.
Matsui played one more season with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 before calling it quits. He finished his Major League career with 175 home runs and 760 RBI in 10 seasons.
This past January, Matsui was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
Troy Tulowitzki grew up an A's fan in Sunnyvale.
Now that he's a free agent after the Blue Jays released him earlier this week, he'd love to come home and play for the team he grew up rooting for.
But it doesn't look like that will happen.
According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's haven't reached out to Tulowitzki's agent, Paul Cohen.
Cohen tells Slusser that there are currently six teams in the running to sign Tulowitzki.
Could one of those six teams be the Giants? President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi likes "good minimum-salaried players."
Sounds like we'll find out soon where Tulo will sign. Stay tuned.