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A's exercise manager Bob Geren's option for 2011

Sep 11, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

With a lineup that features very little power and a rotation that is without a veteran presence, the Athletics’ 70-70 record this season is actually quite good.  And quite surprising.  Thus, manager Bob Geren is going to be brought back for the 2011 season.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s have exercised Geren’s option for 2011.

Geren has led Oakland to an uninspiring 296-329 record over his three-plus years in yellow and green, but the club’s higher-ups obviously feel that he is the right man to lead a young A’s roster into the next decade. 

The 58-year-old Geren played for the Yankees and Padres during a five-year major league career.  He got into coaching in the mid-90s, starting in the Red Sox’s minor league system and eventually shifting to the A’s organization in 2000.

  1. APBA Guy - Sep 11, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Never forget that Geren was best man at Beane’s wedding. Until the A’s are an actual threat to win something, Geren will never be under much pressure. And based on the offense on the field and at the next level in AA and AAA, Geren will lead a pressure free existence for some time yet.

  2. RaiderDave - Sep 11, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Exactly. Geren is very uninspiring himself, but he is Billy Beane’s best friend, and unless the A’s go belly up and Geren ‘resigns,’ he won’t be under any pressure at all. Which is part of why the A’s will continue to be a .500 team. The stadium issue is the gigantic underlying problem through all of this, as we all know though.

  3. lawdog7326 - Sep 12, 2010 at 1:26 AM

    Geren is 49, not that it matters much. His managerial decisions are questionable at best but we all know who really sets the pitch count limits and basically dictates the lineup. But, like APBA said, until there’s some bats to go along with the arms, it won’t matter much who’s sitting in the dugout.

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