Monday, October 30, 2006
A's schedule interviews for manager job
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland bench coach Bob Geren interviewed
for the Athletics' managerial opening Monday, sitting down for 3½
hours in the first formal meeting with general manager Billy Beane
and other team officials about the job.
Geren, someone the A's have long believed is manager material,
is considered a favorite to replace fired skipper Ken Macha.
"What was nice is I knew everybody in the room," Geren said in
a phone interview. "I have prior experience with everybody in the
room. Everybody knew me going in and I think they know me even
better now. I felt I exposed who I was and what I could bring to
the table. I thought we covered everything. It was wonderful."
The 45-year-old Geren spent the 2006 season as bench coach after
three seasons as bullpen coach in his first stint on a major league
coaching staff. He joined the organization in 1999 as manager of
Class-A Modesto, then spent the next three seasons managing at
Beane is taking his time hiring a manager and has a series of
interviews scheduled this week and next week, including Tuesday
with longtime A's third-base coach Ron Washington.
Japan Series championship manager Trey Hillman will interview
Wednesday, Colorado Rockies bench coach Jamie Quirk on Nov. 7, then
Orel Hershiser -- currently an ESPN baseball analyst -- the next day.
In addition, the A's received permission to speak to Los Angeles
Angels pitching coach Bud Black, who is also considered a leading
candidate to replace Bruce Bochy as San Diego's skipper. Bochy was
hired as the manager of the San Francisco Giants last week. A
meeting with Black hasn't been scheduled.
Beane fired Macha on Oct. 16, two days after Oakland's season
ended in a sweep by the wild-card Detroit Tigers in the AL
championship series. The A's won a playoff series for the first
time since 1990, ending a string of four straight first-round exits
Geren considers his experience as bench coach this past season a
"real advantage" and crucial in preparing him to make the next
step. He and Washington also interviewed last year when the A's
briefly cut ties with Macha before re-signing him about a week
"Having that No. 2 seat, it was the height of coaching for
me," Geren said. "You're on your toes and have to stay so sharp.
It's like shadowing and being the assistant of the boss. You're
thinking along the lines of everything he does or a little
different lines. If you have a suggestion, you make it."
Geren said several questions came up in Monday's interview about
the 2006 season and how the club should go forward in the future.
Geren, a catcher for five seasons with the New York Yankees and
San Diego Padres, played high school baseball against Beane in San
Diego and the two remain good friends. They signed professional
contracts one year apart.
That relationship, Geren insists, will have little to do with
whether he is hired. Yet the mutual trust clearly could be
beneficial in their day-to-day dealings over the course of a
"I know who I am as a baseball man and know what I have done to
get ready for this spot," said Geren, who had a 452-390 record as
a minor league manager. "Because I know him is irrelevant to
whether I am ready or not. Having managed at all levels and in the
Dominican Republic, that is what is going to propel me into this
role if I am chosen."