Friday, October 14, 2011

Mets leaning to Bob Geren as bench coach: Wide open for 1st Base Coach.

The Mets have not made anything official yet, but it looks like they will be adding another former A’s link to the fold.  Bob Geren is the leading candidate right now for the next Mets bench coach.  Geren was fired over the summer like Riggleman. Jim Riggleman, who was Terry Collins pick for bench coach, is out.  The Mets probably want to bring in a minority candidate to look good but as of right now Geren looks like a lock.

Of course Alderson and his A’s cronies have ties to Geren and seem to want to recreate what they had in Oakland. The difference being they have a little more dinero to spend with the Wilpons at the helm.  Geren doesnt come with a glowing resume among players. Hudson Street mentioned not that long ago that he isnt a big fan of Geren. Street had told the San Francisco Chronicle that the manager was the "least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports." 
 From Brian Fuentes, who in late May used the press to question his manager, Bob Geren, about, among other things, "zero" communication with his bullpen.

This also could be writing on the wall for Wally Backman.  The Mets with Alderson as the GM now seem to not covet Backman as much as the prior reign. 

Backman could take over as the Bisons manager but if he is offered a bench coach job with his former Manager Davey Johnson with the Nationals look for him to bolt. It is a shame because Backman’s mentality is what is needed for this team and the Mets still stymie him by keeping him away from Citi.

No word on a 1st base coach that will take over for Mookie Wilson.  No names have surfaced .  Figure they want someone to be aggressive with running the bases as well as help Duda in the OF.   Not sure if it will come from the organization or someone outside.   Don’t look for Collins to have much say with whomever it might be !

Adam Rubin

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