Bob Geren?

Our new bench coach is Bob Geren which seems an potentially off choice to BMF. 

I realize you prob can’t put Wally in the dugout as bench coach in NYC because the media would go to him as opposed to TC for post game reaction and quotes but still Geren seems odd to me.

Ex-A’s pitcher Huston Street shared this quote about the ex-A’s skipper, “For me personally, he was my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27. I am very thankful to be in a place where I can trust my manager.”

I dunno. I mean you can’t condemn a guy because 1 other guy has negative things to say but that’s not the best thing to hear about the new bench coach.

Of course I would’ve loved Wally but that’s too much to ask. 

There’s no way to. Know how much $ is about to bs spent or not spent this winter I just hope Bob Geren isn’t our Big Splash!

20 Responses to “Bob Geren?”

  1. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    Not real crazy about this hire just because of the way it was handled. From what I have been reading and told Bob Geren was the choice of the front office.

    TC was looking at Ringleman or Bowa as his choice. If you arf going to hire a manager I believe he should be able to surround himself with the coaches he wants.

    On the bright side it looks like the Mets are bringing in coaches that are more involved with the pitching aspect of the game. We are not going to move forward without a major improvement in this aspect of the team.

    I don’t think there is really going to be a “Big Splash” this year, unless you consider losing Reyes and doing a “Belly Flop”.

    I think you are looking at a winter like the last one. I believe you might see some very low level free agents and alot of “Dumpster Diving” like last year.

    There will be alot of new faces I believe on the team next year, but I think you will see the same results or worse than last year.

    We are shaving payroll off this year and I don’t really think the front office is going to try to contend next year.

    With the Nats and Fish getting better We might even see last place next year.

    I think they are gearing up for 2013 to possibly make a run.

  2. BlondiesJake Says:

    I know it’s the offseason for the Mets but this is like the 3rd article in the past week about a bench coach. Who cares?

    But since you brought up Wally, the argument that reporters will go to him every night instead of TC is one of the most ridiculous statements ever on BMF and there have been plenty of them. Sometimes I wonder if you write stuff like that just to see if we’re reading.

    GO TEXAS RANGERS!
    WIN IT FOR SHANNON STONE!
    IF THE CARDINALS WIN, THE CULT OF LARUSSA WILL BE UNBEARABLE!

  3. USMF Says:

    Who cares about the bench coach? Lets ask you this…have you ever heard this…

    “Man, we’re one good bench coach away from making the playoffs?”

    or…

    “If it wasn’t for our bench coach, we would have won that game.”

    How many bench coaches can you name off the top of your head? I’d be surprised if was more than 10%.

    The biggest job of a bench coach is to be next to manage a team if…

    A. the manager gets kicked out of a game…less that 1% of the games that happens.

    B. The manager gets himself fired. Even then he’s not guaranteed the job.

    As for Bob Geren himself…From what I can tell, the same things that two players complained to him about was the same things players and media praised him for in other years.

    He’s an old catcher, hopefully he can get Thole back on track…he’s supposed to be a good numbers guy, he’s the one feeding TC on what the Stats say you should do in any situation.

    This whole off season is pending of Reyes…that’s what’s important…Sandy can’t make any real decisions until that’s figured out..expect, he could dump Pelf today…that would be easy.

    Other than Reyes, it’s gonna be nonstop…to trade or not to trade Wright…that is is the question. Be prepared or another annoyingly disappointing off season.

  4. USMF Says:

    B-Jake, If the Cards win the WS, do you thing Tony will celebrate by passing out drunk in the middle of the night at a stop light with his sunglasses on again?

  5. Florida Met Fan Rich Says:

    HA!….I remeber that it was in Jupiter, FL (Cards Spring Train there) He was passed out drunk and stpped on the road at a main intersection.

    If thats the case then …LETS GO CARDS!

    I’m rooting for the cards just because they are the NL team, but I really don’t have much interest in this World Series!

  6. Amos Foy Says:

    “I think they are gearing up for 2013 to possibly make a run. ”

    Typo!

    Should read “2033.”

    This mess would be YEARS away if the Wilpons sold today.

    While the Wilpons own the team the Mess will not contend.

    The vicious cycle of declining attendance, high payroll, stronger division foes, stronger in-town competitors, bereft farm system, poor financial situation, and high fixed costs will kill the Wilpon ownership era but not before they do more damage.

    We probably saw rock bottom in the least year of Ohno!! Mistake-ah’s GM tenure but we will bounce along this new 85 to 90 loss band for many years under F-F-F-Freddie and the Jeff.

  7. BrooklynBill Says:

    I usually pull for the NL team but in this case, I cannot bring myself to do it. I cannot stand LaRussa. I am still sorta in shock the Cardinals are representing the best of the NL, they sucked!!! They’d be nowhere without Berkman…hard to believe nobody wanted him anymore.

    I’ll be rooting for Nolan Ryan’s Texas Rangers all the way! Hopefully Endy gets a chance to conribute…and who knows, maybe CJ Wilson will be in blue & orange next year.

  8. Met_Maven Says:

    I couldn’t care less about the bench coach. The only Met signings I want to read about are Reyes, any pitching or catching upgrades. The only non player transactions that should be talked about are the Mets hiring a competent medical staff!

    As for the World Series, I’m pulling for Texas. They made it there two years in a row and they’ve got an awesome Met connection. Also, I’m still bitter from ‘06 so I won’t be rooting for the Cards any time soon.

  9. BlondiesJake Says:

    USMF, I pray the Rangers win so the Cult of LaRussa can stop with the ridiculous praise of him. He’s almost always had great players so it’s not a shocker he’s won a lot. Frankly, he’s lost with some loaded teams so the argument could be made he has underachieved but the Cult won’t allow such heretical talk!

  10. USMF Says:

    I’ll be cheering for the Rangers…I like Ryan and what he’s been trying to enforce on the pitchers in their franchise…but I also can’t stand LaRussa and his smarter than everyone you attitude and I don’t like the Cards (going back to the late 80’s).

    B-Jake, I know you’re pushing hard on signing a FA starter…and I’d agree that our rotation needs a boost…but what do you think after reading this article?

    http://www.patrickfloodblog.com/2011/10/17/signing-free-agent-pitchers/

  11. John In Athens Says:

    I’m rooting for the Cardinals for the incredible story it will be if they go from ten out to champions and because the mere mention of their name makes the Braves fans I work with squirm!

  12. Fort Greene Met Fan Says:

    Occupy CitiField!!

  13. CowCrusher Says:

    I too am pulling for the Rangers…still bitter about 2006 as well, but I am glad that they beat the Philthies….I believe there isn”t any “bag limit” on squirrels in Texas..or tortoises..but I could be wrong. Go Rangers….the Texas kind.

  14. BlondiesJake Says:

    USMF, no that article doesn’t faze me. I’m only willing to make two-year deal with any of them so if they bite and stink, it’s not a big problem. But in that article, the majority of the pitchers were mediocre to bad to begin with and I’m talking about guys who have been consistently good or great at times, namely Oswalt, Buehrle and possibly CJ Wilson.

  15. USMF Says:

    B-Jake, my big concern is that I don’t believe that Buehrle or CJ would ever accept a two year deal.

    Wilson is 31 and has only been a starter for two years. The dude is gonna want to get a long term deal. I don’t think trying to out bid the Spanks for him is worth it…

    Oswalt is 34, he might be willing to take a shorter deal, but he’s also been injured recently and I’m not sure if price tag he’s looking for will be worth it. We’ve already tried the Astro to Philly to Mets path for a pitcher and it didn’t work out so well.

    Buehrle is the guy I personally like the best. He may not be as good as Oswalt or CJ on their best days, but Buehrle goes out and pitches everyday and is very consistent. He’s a lock for 200+ innings every year which, when you look at the rest of the Mets staff, is something they are missing big time. The only problem is, when does 2476.2 innings pitch catch up to Buehrle? Buehrle isn’t a big strike out out pitcher, that could be to his advantage as he gets older or completely burn him too.

    I still think that while a really good SP is needed for this rotation and I like Wilson and Buehrle, I think the risk for these guys compared to the contracts they’ll demand will put them out of the Mets price range. They’ll be looking for 4+ years at 15+ per…

    I’d still release Pelf and resign Cappy. Both guys will give you about the same performance, but Cappy would be half the price of Pelf. Plus, Cappy could always move to the pen if the rotation doesn’t need him.

    Maybe look at guys like Chien-Ming Wang, Paul Maholm or Aaron Harang for cheep and see if they stick…if not the Rotation would be

    Santana
    R.A.D.
    Neise
    Gee
    Cappy

    You can keep Chris Schwinden in AAA or let him audition for the Pen (maybe closer) and let his change up carry him through one inning instead of 5.

    Odds are, our pitching staff of 2013 and beyond will start showing up late next year. 2013 is really the focus of this team and 2012 is going to be a growing year.

    While Wilpon may not get completely bankrupted from Pichard, he still could lose enough to be forced into selling the team. We should know in the next few months, but it’s still a dark cloud hanging over the team.

  16. the dude formerly known as bill l. Says:

    Maybe someone needs to check on Adam. The newspapers are piling up outside the door, and you can here the dogs barking continually………..
    Seriously, how long can we ride the Bob Geren gravy train??? Well, perhaps a bit longer. Check this out: http://youtu.be/AYdtOKPzw24

  17. BlondiesJake Says:

    USMF, if they demand more years, then you pass on them. But two years, high dollars might work. I’m definitely fine with releasing Pelfrey. If they re-sign Capuano it should be with the intention of dealing him for more prospects.

    tdfkabl, that’s nasty!

  18. BrooklynBill Says:

    I think Cappy should def be resigned…after the IP he logged last season, his arm strength should be better. He is a good, LH pitcher and they are always in demand so, if we’re in an unsual situation of having too much depth for some strange reason (like that’ll ever happen), he should be easily moveable.

    CJW is intriguing @ the right price. I’d take a hot on Maholm…would pass on Oswalt. Wouldn’t mind having Buerhle, he is a quality innings machine! Its like a bullpen upgrade.

    I still say the FO should grow some cajones and let some of these young guys get a shot…all around the league, teams are doing it. There is little at stake for the Mets. When you’re 24-25 and still in AA, you’re taking up some space.

  19. foxster Says:

    not to be morbid, but i wonder how many long time Met fans; like myself, despair of ever seeing another Met Championship in our lifetimes. the Mets have been in one WS, since the glorious 86 season. that fantastic League Championship and World Series victory was twenty five (a full generation) years ago.

  20. Met_Maven Says:

    Foxter, As bad as the Mets have it, at least we’ve been to the playoffs a few times, and have had some success we can remember. I see the Mets getting better and contending over the next few years. Do the Cubs, Orioles, Royals, Astros, Mariners, Padres have a better chance than the Mets do of becoming a contender over the next few years? I do see the Mets winning a World series within the next 10 years. Yes, its a long time away. Yes, after 06 we should have been able to lick our wounds and come back stronger and won it all in ‘07. But it could be worse, we could have a 100+ year drought like the Cubbies or 80+ year drought like the Red & White Sox did. Or we could be Rangers (so far), Astros, Nats / Expos, mariners, Brewers, Padres, Rockies, Rays who have never won a world series. As bad as it is, it could always be worse.

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