Freddie Freeman advocates for athletics to hire Ron Washington as manager
Freeman thinks Ron Washington deserves A’s leadership role originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
To everyone’s surprise, Athletics is looking for a new manager.
With longtime director Bob Melvin abruptly leaving to become the new director of The San Diego Padres, the A’s have a vacancy they never expected to fill this offseason.
Melvin had been in charge of the A’s since 2011 and has gone on to become one of the most admired managers in all of baseball. Looking for his replacement, Oakland might end up looking no further than former first base, third base and infield coach Ron Washington, who currently coaches third base for the Atlanta Braves, who currently play in the World Series against the Houston Astros.
Washington spent 11 seasons with the As before becoming manager of the Texas Rangers in November 2006.
Following the news of Melvin’s departure, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman pleaded for Washington to run for the open management position.
“I would tell them he deserves it,” Freeman told reporters ahead of Game 3 of the World Series. “This man, I don’t want him to go away, but he deserves every opportunity.”
If hired by Oakland, Washington would immediately make history for A.
There haven’t been any reports yet that the A’s are interested in Washington, but if they end up suing the 69-year-old coach, he probably among many candidates vying to replace Melvin.