Report: The A’s may hire Ron Washington to help with their atrocious defense



Scott Hatteberg: First base? But I’ve only ever played catcher.

Billy Beane: It’s not that hard, Scott. Tell him, Wash.

Ron Washington: It’s incredibly hard.

That’s the best scene in “Moneyball,” and while if it’s not 100% true to how it all went down in real life — my guess is that Billy Beane knows that playing first base is hard — the truth underlying that scene is that Ron Washington knows what he’s doing with defense.

Also, Ron Washington is currently unemployed and his old team, the A’s, are playing godawful defense. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that these two things may go together, and that the Athletics are considering hiring Washington, who was their longtime infield coach.

There currently isn’t an opening on the A’s staff, so it may be more of a coordinator position. But really, the A’s could use all the help they can get. And Washington — who lamented his inability to find his way back into the game after resigning as the Rangers’ manager last season — would likely jump at the opportunity.

Corey Seager will be included on Dodgers’ World Series roster


Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager will be on the team’s World Series roster.

Seager, 23, played in the NLDS but was left off the NLCS roster due to a lower back injury suffered in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks. He had three hits, including a triple, in 15 plate appearances in that series. During the regular season, Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 22 home runs, 77 RBI, and 85 runs scored across 613 PA.

Charlie Culberson and Chris Taylor handled shortstop while Seager was absent. Both players were among the Dodgers’ best performers in the NLCS. With Seager back in the fold, Taylor will play mostly center field and Culberson will return to his bench role.