The New York Mets hired former Oakland Athletics manager Bob Geren as bench coach as the team rebuilds its staff following a third consecutive losing season.
The Mets made the announcement yesterday in an e-mailed statement. Geren, 50, was fired by the Athletics in June, having spent four and a half seasons with the team that current Mets general manager Sandy Alderson ran from 1983 to 1998.
The Mets finished the season 77-85 and have made the playoffs once in the last 11 years. On Oct. 5 the team announced that it had fired four coaches, including bench coach Ken Oberkfell.
“Bob Geren’s experience as a former manager and bench coach will be a great fit for us,” Mets manager Terry Collins said in the statement.
Geren was 334-376 with no playoff appearances during his tenure in Oakland, and was the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the World Series in 2001. He played four seasons as a catcher with the New York Yankees from 1988-1991.
-- Editors: Michael Sillup, Rob Gloster