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.