The Oakland Athletics have exercised manager Mark Katsay’s option.
The Oakland Athletics have exercised an option on manager Mark Katsay’s contract to keep him in charge through 2025, according to ESPN, a U.S. sports channel. The terms of Katsusei’s contract, which he took over in December 2021, were 3+1 years with a club option for 2025. He could have decided to exercise the option after next season, but Oakland quickly decided against it.
It’s a surprising move given their record. Oakland went 60-102 (.370 winning percentage) last year, finishing in last place in the American League (AL) West. This year, they’re even worse at 50-112 (0.309 winning percentage). The two seasons combined were 110-214 for a .340 winning percentage. While the firing may seem like a no-brainer, Oakland decided to stick with Katsusei. “I’m excited for the opportunity to work with General Manager David Post to build a competitive team,” Katsusei said. “We are committed to getting this job done together. I am grateful for the commitment and support the owners have shown me.”
Kasei is a former star player who was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the first round (9th overall) of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft. In his 17-year big league career, he batted .276 with 127 home runs and 720 RBIs. He played for Oakland from 2004 to 2007. In 2004, he hit .314 with 15 home runs and 63 RBIs, finishing 14th in AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting.
“Over the last two years, we’ve talked about how he’s led the team, managed the clubhouse, and established himself as a leader and face of the franchise on the field,” Foster said, “and we couldn’t be happier with the job he’s done, so it was an easy decision.” 토토사이트