Giants Interview Dodgers Bench Coach Bob Geren for Managerial Opening
The Dodgers continue to be fleeced by the San Francisco Giants as the ‘hated ones’ try to gain momentum towards relevance once again. After a 77-85 showing in 2019 for the Giants, GM Farhan Zaidi — obviously, the former Dodgers GM — is looking to pick apart the Dodgers’ front office and coaching staff. This time around, it is Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren.
According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, San Francisco has interviewed Bob Geren for their managerial vacancy.
A little news on #sfgiants manager search front: the club did in fact interview Dodgers bench coach and former A’s manager Bob Geren. It’s unclear whether he or anyone else has advanced to the final stage along with Joe Espada and Gabe Kapler.
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) October 29, 2019
Earlier this week, it was reported that former Dodgers scouting director and ex-Phillies manager Gabe Kapler was being interviewed for the Giants’ managerial vacancy, as well. In addition, the club has interviewed Astros bench coach Joe Espada.
Geren, now 58 years old, has managerial experience with the Oakland A’s — another possible sticking point for Zaidi considering Zaidi was a member of the A’s’ front office at the time.
Geren is quite the asset to have in the dugout as he is very honed in on analytical baseball. He worked as the bench coach of the New York Mets. Prior to his work with the Dodgers, Mets GM Sandy Alderson had nothing but good things to say about Geren. Alderson praised Geren for his ‘statistical aptitude’ and ‘strong working knowledge of advanced analytics’. With the way Zaidi is, there is no doubt Geren is near the top of the list for this job opening.
If Geren does depart from Los Angeles, it will be interesting to see who the Dodgers replace him with as their bench coach.