Report: Bob Geren leaving the Mets to be bench coach for the Dodgers
Mets bench coach Bob Geren interviewed with the Dodgers to be their manager in early November, but the club ultimately hired Dave Roberts to succeed Don Mattingly at the helm in Los Angeles.
But Geren, who was invited back to the Mets in 2016, is leaving the Mets anyway to be Roberts’ bench coach, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
This is a big loss for the Mets.
Geren has been alongside Terry Collins since the 2012 season. He previously managed the Oakland A’s from 2007-2011 and played for the Yankees from 1988-1993 as well as the Padres in 1993.
Geren is the statistician among the coaches on the staff, and a student of advanced metrics who provides meaningful data to Terry Collins in-game. He has helped guide Collins in his decision making from lineups to strategy, and is a big reason for the Mets ascent in the National League. He is well respected in that clubhouse, as well.
But he lives in California during the off-season, so logistically a move to the west coast makes a lot of sense for him.
Still, the Mets are losing one of the great, underrated minds as well as an outstanding catching coach for both Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud.