According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, Bob Geren is close to becoming Mets bench coach.
An official announcement won’t come before next week, because the team still plans to speak with Dave Jauss, who served as bench coach for manager Jerry Manuel in 2010. But the other prime candidate for the job, Jim Riggleman, is no longer in the mix.
Though manager Terry Collins is believed to have favored his longtime friend, Riggleman, the Mets front office championed Geren, who was fired as Oakland’s manager in June. Geren is highly regarded by Oakland general manager Billy Beane, who worked for Mets GM Sandy Alderson in the 1990s with the Athletics.
With Geren on board, the lone coaching vacancy would be at first base.
Geren’s communication skills came under fire during his Oakland tenure. Pitcher Huston Street made his feelings known about his former manager after joining the Rockies.
“For me personally, he was my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27,” Street told the San Francisco Chronicle.
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|Ken Oberkfell in his playing days|
Oberkfell has managed the Mets’ AAA teams in their various locations for years, manages down in the Dominican Winter League and served as the Mets’ first base coach for a spell in 2008. He’s a company man who is now getting a longer ride in the majors, which he likely deserves. He’s also thought of as a cooler customer than Terry Collins is, so maybe he’ll provide some ying to Collins’ fiery yang.