Without a lot of shock, the A's dumped bench coach Chris Speier today.
Is he the first of several to get the boot? Is Curt Young next?
Speier reportedly made several crucial matchup mistakes coming down the stretch for the A's. Does Macha deserve some responsibility for these moves? Ultimately, yes. But Speier's entire job is to know matchups and percentages. And apparently, he failed on several occasions.
The A's need to shake things up. Unfortunately, dumping Speier doesn't really qualify as a shake up.
I'm still in favor of getting rid of Curt Young. At the same time, it's not like there is a Rick Peterson waiting in the wings.
So, on the eve of one former A's bench coach managing in the ALCS, a different one joins the ranks of the unemployment line.