Another chapter in the Oakland A's managerial soap opera unfolded Tuesday night when, only a few minutes before they were to play Milwaukee, the A's learned that their manager, Bobby Winkles, had resigned and was being replaced by Jack McKeon, who had preceded winkles as manager a year ago.

The sudden departure of Winkles came as a shock to the A's who are leading the American League West, and it showed in their performance when they managed only five hits off Jerry Augustine.

"This is another chapter in 'A the Clubhouse Turns'" said A's third baseman Wayne Gross. "You're never surprised at what happens around here, but this did surprise me."

Winkles' resignation and the subsequent hiring of McKeon marked the 16th managerial change by the A's since 1960, when owner Charles O. Finley bought the club. It was the ninth change in managers in the last 10 years.

"I'm sorry to see him go," said Finley "and I think he made a bad decision. I wanted him to play more aggressive baseball and use our speed more, but I don't think me being on him was the reason he quit. If I want to make out the lineups, I'll do it but there's been no need to. It must be something that doesn't meet the eye."

Milwaukee's Sal Bando, a former Oakland player, said "Finley was grinding Winkles.