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A’s owner Lew Wolff on manager Bob Geren: “I love the guy, I love everything about him”

May 26, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

Bob Geren

Bob Geren has had a tough week, as demoted closer Brian Fuentes ripped the A’s manager for a lack of communication and then former Oakland closer Huston Street chimed in all the way from Colorado to basically agree with everything Fuentes said.

Geren’s job is probably pretty safe considering he’s best buddies with general manager Billy Beane, but just in case A’s owner Lew Wolff made it clear that he’s happy with the manager, telling John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle:

I personally love the way he deals with everybody. It’s a long season. He’s had some long seasons. I love the guy. He’s a good teacher. I love everything about him. He’s a very solid person, and I like the way he deals with everything all year long. This is a hard job. I have a rule in my own office that I never use the word “communication” as an excuse. The good thing about baseball is you could look at a piece of paper and see how a guy’s doing. Great athletes get frustrated. That’s all there is to it.

Asked specificially about Street calling Geren his “least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports,” Wolff replied: “He’s wrong.”

  1. APBA Guy - May 26, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Lew’s making money following the Angelos formula: empty ballpark, small payroll + big revenue sharing = profitable enterprise.

    Geren doesn’t rock the boat. And who cares what the Oakland fans want? Lew will be seeing games somewhere else before long.

  2. dwishinsky - May 26, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    I think Wolff is dead on. Geren is great, so is Ellis hitting .200, Kouzmanoff hitting .200 and Barton hitting .200. Fuentes and his 5.00 ERA are the very epitome of lockdown closer, and the medical crew has been great in keeping 60% of our rotation healthy. Matsui is exceeding all expectations, as are other new additions Willingham and DeJesus. The ballpark is packed day in/day out and is routinely discussed as one of the preeminent places in MLB to catch a game. The A’s finally are getting some distance between them and the Mariners this is an unquestionable success. Don’t change a thing! Stay the course Lew!!

  3. gogigantos - May 27, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Geren, guy has got to go,,, I nominate Godzilla as player manager, been a while since we had one of those,, would be cool, communication might be an issue with the language and all, but really think it would be fine,, thinking more on it, and love it. Suzuki can be his bench coach and wear the shin guards,, love it,,

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