A's coaches get a look

First interviews for manager's job go to Geren, Washington

Baseball Notes

October 10, 2005

Oakland general manager Billy Beane will interview two members of the Athletics' coaching staff this week for the team's managerial vacancy.

Bullpen coach Bob Geren, considered a front-runner to replace Ken Macha, will meet with Beane tomorrow in Phoenix. Third base coach Ron Washington, a former Orioles infielder, will follow Wednesday, also in Phoenix, where the A's have their minor league complex and hold spring training.

The team hasn't said who else might be a candidate to replace Macha, who failed to come to terms on a new contract with the A's after proposals were exchanged last week. He left Oakland after seven years with the club, the last three as manager.

Macha was scheduled to interview with the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday as they look for Lloyd McClendon's replacement. Macha lives in the Pittsburgh area and would be a convenient hire, though the Pirates plan to speak to former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Jim Tracy today, and he appears to be the leader.

Beane told the A's coaches he would give them consideration if the team didn't reach agreement with Macha - just as Oakland did when it promoted Macha from bench coach after Art Howe left to manage the New York Mets after the 2002 season.

Obituary -- Tom Cheek, who called every game in the history of the Blue Jays until last year, died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 66. Cheek, who died at his home in Oldsmar, Fla., was best known for his streak, which ended at 27 1/2 seasons on June 3, 2004, because of his father's death. He called 4,306 consecutive regular-season games, plus 41 in the postseason, since the Blue Jays began playing in 1977. Shortly after his father's death, Cheek learned he had a brain tumor. He had partially successful surgery to remove it on June 13, 2004, his 65th birthday.

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