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In four-plus years as manager of the Oakland Athletics, Bob Geren was never able to rise above the level of .500.
However, it was more about the way his players felt about him that eventually had him walking out the door.
Former A's closer Huston Street described his relationship with Geren in a message sent to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bob was never good at communication, and I don't want to speak for anybody else, but it was a sentiment reflected in many conversations during the two years I spent in Oakland, and even recently when talking to guys after I left. For me personally, he was my least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports from age 6 to 27. I am very thankful to be in a place where I can trust my manager.
Street wasn't the only player that took issue with Geren.
Closer Brian Fuentes also had problems with the way Geren communicated with his players. From MLB.com:
"There's just no communication," he said. "Two games on the road, bring the closer in a tied game, with no previous discussions of doing so. And then, tonight, in the seventh inning, I get up. I haven't stretched, I haven't prepared myself. If there was some communication beforehand I would be ready to come into the game -- which I was, when I came into the game, I was ready. Just lack of communication. I don't think anybody really knows which direction he's headed."
And finally, it wasn't just players who took issue with the way Geren went about his business—coaches were apparently baffled as well.
Former coach Bob Schaefer was fired after working with Geren for only one season. He told the San Francisco Chronicle that the experience left a bad taste in his mouth.
"I didn't want to come back anyway," Schaefer said at the time.
He also noted that Geren never made good use of the experience offered by his staff.
"I was happy they hired me, but I was happy they fired me," Schaefer said.