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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The aftermath of the first victory in a week provided relief for manager Bob Geren amid public criticisms from his closer.
Ex-closer, that is. Geren demoted Brian Fuentes one day after Fuentes criticized Geren for his in-game managing and communication skills.
Fuentes had cited Geren’s “unorthodox managing” and said he was handled “pretty poorly,” thanks to “zero” communication.Former A’s reliever Huston Street took it a step further Tuesday by calling Geren the “least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports.”
On Tuesday, Street, now with the Rockies, offered his harshest public criticism of Geren in a text to Chronicle reporter Susan Slusser:
“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.”
For Geren to be worse than Ken Macha in this regard is actually pretty impressive.
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