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Bob Geren
Oakland Athletics — No. 17
Catcher / Manager
Born: September 22, 1961 (1961-09-22) (age 48)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
May 17, 1988 for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
July 26, 1993 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
Batting average     .233
Hits     178
Home runs     22
Teams

As Player

As Manager

Career highlights and awards

Robert Peter Geren (born September 22, 1961, in San Diego, California) is the manager of the Oakland Athletics. He is a former catcher in Major League Baseball who played in the majors for the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres.

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Playing career

Geren was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round with the 24th pick of the 1979 draft.[1] After spending ten years in the minor leagues, he made his major league debut for the New York Yankees in 1988, playing with New York through 1991. While with the Yankees, he appeared on the CBS daytime version of Family Feud hosted by Ray Combs with other members of his family late in 1988. He spent the first two seasons backing up Don Slaught. In 1990, he had his statistically best season as the starting Yankees' catcher. In 110 games, he had a .213 batting average with 8 home runs and 31 runs batted in.[1]

After spending 1992 in the minors with the Pawtucket Red Sox[2], he played his final season of baseball in 1993 with the San Diego Padres, the team that originally drafted him.

Coaching career

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Minor league manager

Geren was hired by then Boston Red Sox director of player development Bob Schaefer to manage in the Red Sox minor league system. He managed for them from 1995-1998 at the Rookie and Class A levels before leaving the organization over Schaefer's firing.

He next was the manager for the Oakland A's Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats from 2000-2002. During this time he worked under A's General Manager Billy Beane, a longtime friend and former high school baseball opponent.

During the winter, Geren managed the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Baseball League, winning the league championship in 2002.

Geren was eventually promoted to A's bench coach, a position he held through 2006.

Oakland A's manager

On Novermber 17, 2006, Geren was promoted from his previous position as Athletics bench coach to the position of manager.[3] He replaced Ken Macha, who was fired after disagreements with players and general manager Billy Beane. In 2007, Geren led the A's to a 76-86 record and their first losing season since 1998.

In March 2009, the A's and Geren agreed to a contract extension for one year, with an additional options year.[4]

Managerial record

Team Year Regular Season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
Oakland Athletics 2007 162 76 86 .469 3rd in AL West - - -
2008 161 75 86 .466 3rd in AL West - - -
2009 162 75 87 .463 4rd in AL West - - -
Total 485 226 259 .466 0 Division Championships - - - 0 Playoff Appearances

Family

Geren and his wife, Pam, reside in the Oakland suburb of Danville with their sons, Brett and Bobby[5].

See also

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Preceded by
Dave Holt
Utica Blue Sox Manager
1995
Succeeded by
???
Preceded by
Felix Maldonado
Gulf Coast League Red Sox Manager
1997
Succeeded by
Luis Aguayo
Preceded by
Rob Derksen
Sarasota Red Sox Manager
1998
Succeeded by
Butch Hobson
Preceded by
Juan Navarette
Modesto A's Manager
1999
Succeeded by
Greg Sparks
Preceded by
first manager
Sacramento River Cats Manager
2000-2002
Succeeded by
Tony DeFrancesco
Preceded by
Brad Fischer
Oakland Athletics Bullpen Coach
2003-2005
Succeeded by
Brad Fischer
Preceded by
Rene Lachemann
Oakland Athletics Bench Coach
2006
Succeeded by
Bob Schaefer
Preceded by
Ken Macha
Oakland Athletics Managers
2007-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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