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Brian Fuentes apologizes to Bob Geren

May 24, 2011, 9:21 PM EDT

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As you may have heard, Brian Fuentes called out Bob Geren for his in-game managing and communication skills following last night’s loss to the Angels. No doubt realizing that he made a major boo-boo, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Fuentes apologized to Geren during a meeting prior to tonight’s game.

Fuentes didn’t back down from his original comments and even said he would say them again, but just not to the media. Keeping things in-house, what a novel concept.

Anyway, it appears Geren has finally communicated his intentions with Fuentes, as the struggling left-hander has been pulled from the closer role. Grant Balfour will handle the ninth inning for now, though the team’s projected closer Andrew Bailey is nearing the end of a minor league rehab assignment.

  1. Glenn - May 24, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    Fuentes can always pitch better if he wants to be used in higher leverage situations. I kind of thought that late inning tie games were important, though.

  2. burtkauf - May 25, 2011 at 3:22 AM

    Glad to see Fuentes speak out. It’s about time someone on the team stops being a ‘ Yes’ man and tells it like it is. There’s nothing that wrong with Fuentes. It’s the way Geren has misued him, running him out there three and four games in a row, often going two innings or more. He was fine earlier in the year when he pitched every other day or so. Geren does the same thing with all his pitchers, like Ziegler last week … he keeps running them out there until they implode. But there’s a lot more to Geren’s ineptitude… but when he can’t handle the league’s top pitching staff somethhing is wrong. Losing the series to the Giants, no better a team on taper, was down right embarassing. The only games A’s win is wehn there great starters get them through. Don’t depend on Geren coming up with strategy. He has none, doesn’t bone up on opposing teams’ averages against A;s pitchers and vice versa.
    He’s easiily cost the A;s 5-10 games already this year.. Get a good manager and see the team turn around instantly., though Beane doesn’t believe the manager makes a difference… Wonder why Macha and Howe are out of baseball, but at least they had winning records with the A’s. Geren hasn’t had one yet… and the A’s are a darn good team…
    And now, Huston Street has also spoken out about Gerne, saying he is the ‘least favorite person’ Street
    has ever met ini his 20 odd years in baseball. I guess that maybe says it all. I think it says a lot about Beane, too… and how he could choose a buy like Geren over player favorite Ron Washington, who would lgo on to bring his new team, The Texas Rangers to the world series, while Geren was having another non-winning season…

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    • ILoveBaseball - May 25, 2011 at 7:55 AM

      You missed the point. If you thought your boss was making bad decisions would you report that to the press?

      • scabtheverse - May 25, 2011 at 1:51 PM

        If the press was in my house after I got home from cleaning toilets at Burger King? Yes, I would absolutely tell the media that I’m sick of cleaning toilets.

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