OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics announced today announced the club has failed to reach an agreement with Ken Macha regarding a contract extension for the 2006 season and beyond.
"We were unable to reach an agreement with Ken regarding a contract extension that was satisfactory for both parties, " said A's Vice President and General Manager Billy Beane. "We would like to thank Ken for his seven years of service to the A's organization, in particular his last three seasons as our big league manager. We wish him well in all of his future endeavors."
Macha made his Major League managerial debut with the A's in 2003 and guided Oakland to a 275-211 record in three seasons with the club. He was named as the 16th manager in Oakland history and the 28th manager in franchise history on October 29, 2002 after spending the previous four seasons with as the A's bench coach. The A's won the American League West division in his first season in 2003 with a 96-66 record and finished second each of the last two seasons.