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DLD 10/19/07: Hug It Out + Diego 3.5

Looks like no quick move is forthcoming on the manager hire. This gives a chance for more people to make completely off-the-wall suggestions as to who should be our next pinata.

Slusser says Frank will be re-signed next week, Payton is up in the air, Chavy is going to get skinny (see, he's trying to get MORE gutless), and the manager search will take time.

Purdy, following up on his "Macha Massacre" blog post, cleans it up for print and adds that all the remaining coaching staff has been told they will be back.  I would think an outside candidate would want some say over staff, so either Purdy is wrong or the A's are set on promoting from within.

John Ryan, going out on a limb, says the perfect A's manager is a man not afraid to say "Hug it out, bitch."

Baker patiently waiting to see what's next (AP)
Dusty Baker knows if he is meant to manage again, it will happen. For now, he's back in Northern California tending to all of the things he didn't have time for while leading the Chicago Cubs. On Thursday, he will fly to Detroit to do television work for the World Series. "I don't have a plan," Baker said Wednesday in a phone interview.

(My god, how long will they flog this angle?  Dusty is not coming to the A's. No way.)

General love for Wash in the SJMN poll for next A's manager.

In case you missed it...

Zonis and Jeepers held their noses and sent this Griffin article (shorter version: Beane fired Macha for not joining the scary Moneyball cult) to be whipped by the FJM dudes. Sort of like feeding a mouse to a pet snake.

Tim Kawakami remembers a peculiar Beane-Macha showdown.  

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We're almost at the end of Season Three of our carefully plotted romantic comedy, "The Dialogues of Diego Chavez".

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