The A's have gone back to their championship roots. No, Sandy Alderson or Tony LaRussa or Rickey Henderson aren't coming back.
This move could be seen as a clear message to Ken Macha about his current status as A's manager. Or it could just be a message that inexperience as a bench coach is not an option, given the 2004 problems with another A's bench coach.
Macha alludes to that here:
Speier was apparently in over his head at times last season, and that was obvious when he got a few pitching matchups wrong toward the end of the season.
Is Lachemann the manager-in-waiting for any Macha missteps early in the year?
We shall see.