When Terry Collins's position officially opened, it was no surprise that Bob Geren's name was one of the first mentioned. With past managing experience and prior ties to the team, he is a classic Sandy Alderson managerial candidate, though whether he will be their final choice remains to be seen.
While his career lacked the longevity of Alex Cora's, Geren saw his share of playing time, spending four years catching for the Yankees, and one more for San Diego. After retiring at age 32, he took on managing roles for Red Sox minor league teams, before moving over to the Athletics organization in similar roles. It was in Oakland that he got his first shot at the major leagues, first as bullpen coach and bench coach and then as manager, beginning in 2007.
Geren's time as manager of the A's was a mixed bag. He was given mediocre teams to work with, which generally performed as expected, but the front office consistently expressed confidence in him, extending his contract and twice picking up options on him. In 2011, though, there were public complaints from current and former players about his communication and distribution of playing time. Just two weeks later, following a brutal losing streak, he was let go.
A few months later, Sandy Alderson brought him on board as the Mets bench coach -- one of a number of his fellow Athletics alumni joining the Mets in a variety of leadership roles. Alderson praised his work with analytics, and Collins spoke very highly of him. Geren left after the 2015 season to make a lateral move with the Dodgers due to their proximity to his family, and the absence of a more statistically-oriented mind may have been felt in the dugout, where Collins's decisions felt increasingly removed from analytical evidence.
Geren is well-respected around the game, but the troubling end of his time with the A's will be a consideration for any team considering bringing him on. However, communication skills develop with time and certainly spending two years working alongside Manager of the Year Dave Roberts have helped develop those skills. It's very likely that he also learned from watching Terry Collins, who was considered to connect well with players.
While many of the most interesting candidates are new arrivals, Geren would represent a safer option, with the requisite years of experience generally expected for such a role. A statistical bend to his managerial style would represent a change for the Mets, though, and might click better with Alderson than Collins's more "old-school" approach. If he is willing to relocate again, it would be a reasonable, if not exactly exciting, match on both sides.
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