The MLB lockout has sure dampened the mood of baseball fans and the hot stove. That doesn’t mean that moves aren’t being considered, though. It seems there is another possible Dodger family exit on the horizon.
Mets insider Andy Martino reported that Bob Geren is expected to be interviewed by New York this week for the club’s open managerial position.
Add another Mets managerial candidate. Bob Geren will interview this week, per source. Former Mets bench coach who has been in that role with Dodgers through their run of success.
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) December 7, 2021
Bob Geren has been around baseball longer than most of our readers have been alive. Geren is a walking baseball encyclopedia, and his experience on the bench is more than just a presence for Dave Roberts. Since his playing career was over, Geren has spent nearly two decades as a coach or a manager in major league baseball.
He started as a bullpen coach for the A’s, then a bench coach for the A’s, and then from 2007-2011 he was the A’s manager. After his stint with the A’s, he went and managed the New York Mets from 2012-2015. It is in New York where his reputation for being knowledgeable with statistics and analytics grew.
Back To Cali
When the Dodgers hired a young Dave Roberts to be the skipper, the front office knew that Roberts could use a bench coach with experience and savvy. Geren fit that mold better than anyone, and it just so happened that Geren wanted to be back in southern California to be closer with his family, anyway. Since 2016, Geren has been the supportive rock for Roberts that has lead the Dodgers to the playoffs every year since, three World Series berths, and one World Series title.
All Mets Are Off
With the Mets paying for Max Scherzer and building up their roster to compete, having Geren back would be a big deal. Geren would strengthen and stabilize a team with new faces and a new identity. Geren is a forward-thinker, which the Mets appear to be interested in. The Dodgers and Dodger fans everywhere would surely be sad to lose Geren, but nobody could fault Geren for wanting to be at the helm again.