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A new favorite for Mets manager emerges, and a profile on Bob Geren
Buck Showalter is viewed as the "favorite" to land the Mets' manager job. Plus, Bob Geren emerges as a new candidate.
The latest on the Mets managerial search… 💭
Buck Showalter is now seen as the “favorite” to land the Mets job, and will interview for the position today (Heyman)
Mets RHP Max Scherzer has “let it be known” that he wants Showalter to be the club’s next manager (Sports Illustrated)
Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, who served that role in New York from 2012-15, has emerged as a managerial candidate and is expected to interview this week (SNY)
Joe Espada and Don Kelly are expected to interview in the next few days (MLB.com)
There could be one (or multiple) mystery candidates for the opening (Heyman)
About Bob Geren…
Geren, 60, is currently serving as Dave Roberts’ bench coach with the Dodgers, a post he’s held since he left his position as Terry Collins’ bench coach since 2015. He served as Collins’ bench coach from 2012-2015 and has reached the postseason in every year since 2015, having won three pennants and one world championship during that span.
Prior to joining the Mets, Geren served as the manager of the Oakland A’s from 2007 until June, 2011 after being promoted to replace Ken Macha after the 2006 season. Geren’s A’s went 334-376 during that five-year span, never reaching the playoffs and no winning seasons, his best mark coming in 2010 when the A’s went 81-81.
Geren has a strong reputation in analytics and was regarded for the application of his statistical knowledge during his time with the Mets. Geren had a short playing career, serving as a part-time catcher with the Yankees between 1988-1991 and then again with the Padres in 1993. He had a career .632 OPS over five big league seasons.