Has Bob Geren Ever Taken an IQ Test?

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IMay 29, 2009

CHICAGO - JULY 06: Manager Bob Geren #17 of the Oakland Athletics argues with first base umpire Chuck Meriwether #14 during a game against the Chicago White Sox on July 6, 2008 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Athletics 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It's a wonder how Bob Geren can even hold down a job, let alone being a Major League Baseball manager. It's obvious that Geren is very slow and has no business being in baseball let alone being a manager.

Jack Cust was originally in the starting lineup and got one at-bat before leaving with back spasms. Who does Geren put in as the replacement? Bobby Crosby. Earth to Geren there's man named Landon Powell on the bench who's hit well with runners in scoring position in the limited time he's been playing.

Even after that the Oakland A's got screwed again by the stupid decisions that Geren makes. Josh Outman who pitched a magnificent game with 9 strikeouts and a couple of walks. Instead of letting Outman take on light hitting Elvis Andrus, Geren elects to bring in Michael Wuertz.

Wuertz couldn't find the strike zone too save his life and eventually walked Andrus and then Ian Kinsler, luckily for the A's Wuertz was able to get out of a bases loaded situation by getting Michael Young to hit a flyball to right center field.

Apparently there was a mix up in the A's bullpen Craig Breslow the A's lefhanded relief pitcher was heading out to the mound, but all along it was supposed to be1 Santiago Casilla.

Instead of doing the smart thing and having Breslow face Josh Hamilton it was Casilla who got to face Hamilton who walked. Casilla then had to face Anduw Jones and what happens? Jones hits a two run homer to break a 3-3 tie and then Casilla gave up a solo homerun to Nelson Cruz which resulted in the final score of the game being 6-3.

The A's had a chance to tie it. In the top of the ninth the A's had runners on 2nd and third two outs and Jason Giambi up at the plate, but instead of doing anything Giambi struck out to end the game.

In the second game of the night even more headscratching was the decision in the first inning by Geren. This decision has got to be one of the stupidest things he's ever done as manager of the A's.

Edgar Gonzalez was really struggling out on the mound. He walked Kinsler to start the game but was able to strike out Michael Young. Gonzalez had Kinsler picked off of first base, but his throw was wild and Kinsler got to second base.

Josh Hamilton was the next batter up and he hit a slicing drive into the left field corner that barely fair it hit foul line allowing Kinsler to score. Nelson Cruz then blooped a single just out of the reach of Adam Kennedy.

Hank Blalock was at the plate next and he doubled as well scoring one and it left runners on 2nd and third.

A struggling David Murphy came to the plate and got a pitch to hit but luckily for Gonzalez it was hit right at Orlando Cabrera for the second out of the inning.

On to the headscratching play Geren elects to intentionally walk Chris Davis to load the bases. The same Davis who struck out four times in the first part of the doubleheader. The same Davis in his next appearance the plate after the intentional walk struck out and struck out another time in the game.

So what was Geren thinking when he elected to walk Davis? There was no point in walking a struggling hitter like that, but Geren is the only manager in the league that would even consider walking Davis in that circumstance.

With the A's losing both games with no excuse for the way Geren was managing it is time for Geren to leave the ballclub for good. He is a complete and utter failure and he is the worst manager in baseball a five year old could manage the team better then he can.