Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren could find himself the front-runner to replace Terry Collins, whose contract is up at the end of this season, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
"The former A's manager may have a leg up on taking over the managerial job with the Mets if they decide to part ways with Terry Collins, which seems inevitable," Cafardo writes. "GM Sandy Alderson has always had a fondness for Geren, who was the team's bench coach until he headed west for family considerations. But the manager's job would likely lure him back to New York."
According to multiple reports in August, Collins had been telling people he was unsure if he'd return to managing after this season. Similarly, there have not been any reports indicating Collins and the Mets have discussed a contract extension beyond this year.
May 07, 2011; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren (left) talks with former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda (right) before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
In October, 2016, a team source told the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch that Collins would've been fired had the Mets not won a specific game in August that year. And in the book Baseball Maverick, Alderson openly admits to nearly firing Collins in 2014.
Following the 2015 season, Geren interviewed for LA's managerial opening before the job was given to Dave Roberts. Geren then left his job as bench coach for the Mets to be closer to his family and do the same job for Roberts.
"This is a legit loss for Terry, since Geren provided a counter view, plus worked well with catchers Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki," I wrote at the time of Geren's departure. "It's odd that he would leave for a lateral move, but I know he's a west coast guy and there had been rumblings the last two winters that he could be replaced. So, maybe with an opportunity to make a switch there was no better time than the present."
Jun 30, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren (8) watches over batting practice before the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Geren, 54, managed the Athletics from 2007 to 2011, during which current Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi was an assistant to Billy Beane. Geren joined Terry Collins after the 2011 season.
"The way I understand it, the Mets feel Geren has the necessary experience, systematic approach and dedication to game preparation needed to replace Chip Hale," I wrote here when Geren was hired by Alderson in 2011. "People familiar with Geren say he's a positive guy; a terrific catching instructor; he is very serious about baseball; he believes in having a team hierarchy and that players should know their roles and be disciplined in doing their job. And so, while there are some players who this will rub the wrong way (like in certain circumstances in Oakland, it seemed), it is consistent with Collins (and Alderson) and what the Mets are trying to build."
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