Hershiser, Quirk up for managerial job

Hershiser, Quirk join A's managerial candidates

OAKLAND -- ESPN analyst Orel Hershiser and Rockies bench coach Jamie Quirk have been added to the list of candidates the A's will interview as potential replacements for former manager Ken Macha.

Hershiser, a former Cy Young winner with the Dodgers who served as the Rangers' pitching coach from 2002-2005, will sit down with Oakland general manager Billy Beane in Phoenix the week of Nov. 6-10.

Quirk, who played in the big leagues for 18 seasons and was a teammate of Beane's on the 1989 A's, is among four candidates expected to talk to Beane next week. The others are Angels pitching coach Bud Black, A's infield coach Ron Washington and A's bench coach Bob Geren.

When the A's briefly parted ways with Macha after the 2005 season, Hershiser, 48, spoke with Beane by phone twice but was never formally interviewed. Quirk, 52, was scheduled to speak with Beane last fall but never got the chance because the A's decided to bring back Macha after a nine-day separation.

Macha, who had two years and more than $2 million remaining on the three-year contract he signed upon returning to the team, was dismissed last week, two days after the A's were swept out of the American League Championship Series.

Mychael Urban is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.