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.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).