According to reports, the Mets are planning to hire Bob Geren as the next bench coach. Geren will replace Ken Oberkfell, who was let go last week along with two other coaches.
Geren had served as the manager of the A’s since 2007, until he was fired about one third of the way through the season. He has a career record of 334-376 as A’s manager. He never had a winning season (his best year was 2010, when he had an 81-81 record) and led the Athletics to a 27-36 record this year before being fired. Before 2007, Geren served as Oakland’s bench coach from 2003 until he was hired as manager of the A’s for the 2007 season.
Geren played five seasons in the major leagues, playing a total of 307 games, 289 of which he played at catcher. “Bob Geren’s experience as a former manager and bench coach will be a great fit for us,” said Mets Manager Terry Collins in an official press release from today. “Adding a former major league catcher like Bob to our staff will be ideal.” Geren played four seasons from 1988 to 1991 with the Yankees and finished up his major league career with the Padres in 1993.
The Mets also interviewed former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman, who resigned from that position this season, after not getting a contract extension in the midst of an 11-1 hot streak.
Opinion: I’m not quite sure what to think of this hiring yet. Obviously, we will have no idea whether or not the Mets made the right choice for a while, but I’m not a big fan of it right now. Geren went out with some controversy in Oakland, with Houston Street ripping him in the San Francisco Chronicle, saying that Geren was one of his least favorite people he has ever encountered in his career. He’s not supposed to be the greatest communicator, which is not what you want in a high-level coach, but I’ll cut him a break… for now.