If you haven’t heard by now (which would mean you must be under a rock) the Mets have hired former A’s manager Bob Geren as their new bench coach. When you get right down to it the Mets & A’s swapped Bob Geren for Chip Hale as Hale left the Mets to go be the bench coach for Bob Melvin who replaced Geren after Geren was fired back on June 9th in the midst of a season high 9 game losing streak.
Before his firing Geren had been publicly criticized back on May 23rd by his closer at the time Brian Fuentes after losing a game 4-1 to the Angels in which Fuentes was charged with the loss after being asked to come in and pitch the 8th inning. After the game Fuentes who with that loss was now 0-4 over his last 4 appearances while sporting a very high 13.50/ERA in that span aired his frustrations to the media saying,
“There’s just no communication… Two games on the road, bring the closer in a tied game, with no previous discussions of doing so. And then, tonight, in the seventh inning, I get up. I haven’t stretched, I haven’t prepared myself. If there was some communication beforehand I would be ready to come into the game — which I was, when I came into the game, I was ready. Just lack of communication. I don’t think anybody really knows which direction he’s headed.”
That soon followed with another former player Huston Street who was now pitching with the Rockies chiming in as well saying,
“Bob was never good at communication, and I don’t want to speak for anybody else, but it was a sentiment reflected in many conversations during the two years I spent in Oakland, and even recently when talking to guys after I left. For me personally, he was my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27. I am very thankful to be in a place where I can trust my manager.”
It was not just players that spoke publicly but coaches as well. Former A’s coach Bob Schaefer who was fired after 1 season on Geren’s staff said the following,
In a season in which a lot of trust and communication was built between the players and Collins who himself had his battles with his former players that led him to resign back in 1999 when he was the Angels manager you have to wonder if hiring Geren was the best move.