The Oakland A's have fired Jackie Moore as manager and named Jeff Newman interim manager, A's President Roy Eisenhardt said yesterday in Kansas City, Mo.
The A's have lost 31 of their last 44 games. Moore was dismissed two days after they had stopped a string of 15 consecutive road losses -- four short of the league record -- by beating Kansas City.
Moore said he has been offered a position within the organization.
"I haven't decided what to do, but I appreciate the offer," he said. "Anytime you're out of a job, it's good to know somebody has offered you one. I appreciate it. I know this is a first-class organization. I will always appreciate their giving me an opportunity to be their manager."
Moore was named manager of the A's on May 24, 1984, after Steve Boros was dismissed.
Moore, 47, became the fourth manager to be fired this season, joining Chuck Cottier of Seattle, Jim Frey of the Chicago Cubs and Tony La Russa of the Chicago White Sox.
"I want a manager who is going to be able to get this team to play with the potential it has," Eisenhardt said. "To bring it to the level it can compete with other teams in this division."
A Chicago newspaper had reported that La Russa was being considered as a replacement for Moore. La Russa, contacted at his Sarasota, Fla., home, said: "I haven't heard anything, other than I'm being mentioned in the press. I'm not going to say they're interested in me if I don't know they are. But I will say that I'd like to manage in the major leagues again some day."
Newman said he is not interested in the job.
Moore has not had a winning record as a manager. He finished 1984 with a 57-61 record, fourth in the West, and 77-85 last season, again in fourth.
Newman, a former A's catcher, was hired as the bullpen coach this year after ending his playing career.
Royals 9, A's 2: Jorge Orta's inside-the-park home run capped a four-run first inning in Kansas City against interim manager Jeff Newman's Oakland team, which failed to score after loading the bases in the first and fifth innings.
Rudy Law drove in three runs with a double and a single and Willie Wilson had three hits for Kansas City. The Royals took an 8-1 lead after two innings, knocking out Rick Langford (1-8). Charlie Leibrandt (8-5) was the winner.
Rangers 10, Mariners 3: Larry Parrish and Steve Buechele each hit two-run homers during a six-run first inning that powered Texas to victory in Seattle.
The Rangers had eight straight hits in the first inning, finished the game with 17 and broke a three-game losing streak.
Winner Charlie Hough (7-3) gave up three runs in seven innings.