The A’s may be looking for a new bench coach soon. Don Wakamatsu, manager Bob Geren’s right-hand man, is the front-runner to be named the Seattle Mariners’ new manager according to this story. As of now, the Mariners are denying an offer has been made to anybody. Wakamatsu interviewed for the job last week and reportedly is one of seven finalists. ESPN’s Peter Gammons named Wakamatsu as one of two finalists along with Boston Red Sox bench coach Brad Mills.
Wakamatsu, who is from Hayward, just completed his first season with the A’s after five years on Texas’ staff. If he doesn’t get this managerial job, you can bet he’ll be calling the shots somewhere very soon. He’s a bright guy, he’s meticulously organized and is well-respected around the game. Should the Mariners hire him, Wakamatsu (who is half-Japanese) would become the first Asian-American manager in major league history.