Don Wakamatsu headed north

By Jason Wojciechowski on November 19, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Apparently we can say goodbye to Don Wakamatsu, the A's bench coach, as Seattle is set to hire him as manager. These things aren't measurable, but the talk about Wakamatsu is that he's a bright guy and was future management material. It's always nice to have someone like that on the bench next to your manager, so it's too bad the Mariners saw his potential and snapped him up. The AL West is turning into the Billy Beane coaching tree, with Ron Washington in Texas, Wakamatsu in Seattle, and Bob Geren in Oakland. If only the Angels would get on board and hire Mike Gallego, Beane's Borg-like domination of the division would be complete.