Oakland A’s manager, Bob Geren, is perhaps the worst manager in American League (maybe even in the MLB). Geren’s latest blunder, which occured in last night’s loss to Seattle, is just another example of how he stinks at being a Major-League manager.
Geren, who has the A’s at 6-3, left in reliever Brad Ziegler in the eight inning despite struggling with his command. As a result, Ziegler gave up a three-run homer to former-Athletic, Milton Bradley. Bradley, who is hitting just .115 this season launched the ball out of the yard. Ziegler’s command was horrific, probably the worst I’ve ever seen, but Geren decided to stick with the right-hander.
Personally, I would have handed the ball to one of the other guys in the ’pen. Honestly, when there are two guys on base and your pitcher is having control issues you usually visit the mound, right? Wrong. Geren left Ziegler in there and in essence gave the Mariners the win. It was an extremely tough loss to swallow, especially after starter, Brett Anderson pitched six shutout innings. I feel bad for Anderson, especially since his manager has no clue as to what he’s doing.
A’s GM/VP, Billy Beane needs to get over his friendship and treat Geren as he would any other manager. Under Geren the A’s have finished under .500 for the past three season, and that’s not acceptable. I know that the A’s haven’t had the most talented teams under Geren, but that’s no excuse for his poor managerial decisions. It’s just my opinion, but if the A’s for whatever reason fail to reach .500 this season, Geren needs to be shown the way out.