Athletics

Freeman believes Ron Washington deserves A's managerial job

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Much to everybody's surprise, the Athletics are searching for a new manager. 

With longtime manager Bob Melvin abruptly leaving to become the new manager of the San Diego Padres, the A's have a vacancy that they were not expecting to have to fill this offseason. 

Melvin had managed the A's since 2011 and has become one of the most admired managers in all of baseball. In search of his replacement, Oakland might end up looking no further than a former first base, third base and infield coach Ron Washington, who currently coaches third base for the Atlanta Braves, who are currently playing in the World Series against the Houston Astros. 

Washington spent 11 seasons with the A's before going on to be the manager of the Texas Rangers in November of 2006. 

Following the news of Melvin's departure, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman advocated for Washington being a candidate for the open managerial position. 

“I would tell them he deserves it," Freeman told reporters prior to Game 3 of the World Series. "That man, I don’t want him to leave, but he deserves every opportunity."

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If hired by Oakland, Washington would immediately make A's history. 

There have been no reports yet that the A's have any interest in Washington, but if they do end up pursuing the 69-year-old coach, he will likely be among many candidates in the running to replace Melvin.