Oakland falls to Halos, Escobar

OAKLAND -- At some point in the coming days, A's manager Bob Geren will gather with other members of the front office and evaluate all of the players on his roster.

He'll also look in the mirror and do the same with himself.

Just as the A's had several young players get on-the-job training in the major leagues because of injuries, Geren was learning on the fly in his rookie season in the manager's chair.

Saturday's 3-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Angels dropped the A's to 75-86 heading into Sunday's regular-season finale. The A's have lost five straight and 10 of their last 11.

Surely, Geren had grander visions back in April.

But despite the A's posting their first losing season since 1998, general manager Billy Beane gave his skipper a vote of confidence by picking up Geren's option for the 2009 season last week.

Geren will now look ahead to next season and try to decipher not only how to get his team to improve, but how to get better himself.

"I try to learn from everything," Geren said. "You make decisions in a game, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I try to play that back over, and learn from it. Self-improvement is something that needs to be focused on and worked on."