Thursday, June 9, 2011

Oakland A's Fire Bob Geren, Name Bob Melvin Interim Manager

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Bob Geren Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren #17 looks on before the start of a game against the Seattle Mariners at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 1, 2011 in Oakland, California
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Apparently this is the time of year where teams start firing people, at least that's what it looks like.

On Wednesday, the Texas Rangers fired their hitting coach Thad Bosley. A few hours later the Florida Marlins followed suit, firing their hitting coach, John Mallee.

On Thursday morning, the Oakland A's announced they had fired manager Bob Geren after just over four seasons with the team and have named Bob Melvin the interim manager for the remainder of the 2011 season.

Former Major League catcher Rob Bowen, who played for Geren for two seasons (2007-08), told me "[Geren] destroyed a ton of pitchers and doesn't know how to manager a club. Look at all the pitchers who have gone through Tommy John as well as other injuries. [Brett] Anderson will be next."

Evan Grant, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News, made an interesting observation about the fact Geren was hired over current Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington.

Geren finishes with a 334-376 record while Washington currently sports a 366-345 record with Texas.

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