by Kelly Vance
It's been almost two weeks. Ready for baseball to start up again? Thought so. The A's are interviewing candidates for the club's managerial position this week and next, and there are a few high-class entries in the field. One-time Giants pitcher Bud Black was most recently pitching coach for the Angels, whom he helped guide to a 2002 World Championship. Former catcher Jamie Quirk actually played for the Athletics from 1989 through 1992. Orel Hershiser was a legitimate superstar pitcher, even though it was mostly for the reviled Dodgers. But most true-green A's fans favor current infield coach Ron Washington. As every Moneyball reader knows, Wash was the coach who turned catcher Scott Hatteberg into a "pickin' machine" first baseman. He's a consummate baseball skills teacher, probably the players' choice. Also, as manager he would provide the A's with the all-important New Orleans mojo. Let's go Wash!