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.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
Former Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman will interview Wednesday with the New York Mets to become the team’s bench coach
Riggleman resigned abruptly as the Nationals’ manager over a contract dispute this June immediately following a victory that gave the Nationals their best winning stretch in six years. He served as Nationals manager from the middle of the 2009 season until this year, going 140-172. He came to the Nationals in 2009 as Manny Acta’s bench coach.
Riggleman’s unusual and stunning departure led some to wonder if he would resurface in baseball. It turns out that he might with one of the Nationals’ divisional rivals.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
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Four Former major league managers Jim Riggleman, John McLaren, Bob Geren and Larry Bowa appear on the New York Mets' internal list of candidates to become bench coach, organization sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
Not all of those candidates have yet been contacted, since the Mets did not formally dismiss bench coach Ken Oberkfell until Wednesday and are still brainstorming candidates, a source added.
- Riggleman, 58, was in his third season managing the Washington Nationals this year when he resigned 75 games into the season in a dispute with the front office over his job status and coaches undermining his authority. He could be a particular asset to the Mets because of his familiarity with the National League and particularly division.
- McLaren, 60, served on the Nationals staff this season as Riggleman's bench coach and briefly served as interim manager after Riggleman's departure. McLaren previously spent parts of two seasons managing the Seattle Mariners.
- Geren, 50, managed the Oakland Athletics from 2007 through his dismissal 63 games into this past season.
- Bowa, 65, has six seasons of managerial experience with the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres. He currently is employed by the MLB Network as a studio analyst after serving four seasons as the Los Angeles Dodgers' third-base coach.