MLB Daily Balk 5/25 Plus Geren’s Troubles in Oakland
Is Athletics Manager Bob Geren in Trouble in Oakland?
Geren was called out after Monday’s game by veteran reliever Brian Fuentes following an 8th inning blowup on the mound where Fuentes blew his 6th save opportunity of the season. They discussed their issues before Tuesday’s game and supposedly cleared the air. There is obviously more to the story than has been revealed and former A’s closer Huston Street chimed in from Denver. He called his former manager his “least favorite person I have ever encountered in sports.”
While the A’s brain trust probably takes former players inputs into their managing situation with a grain of salt, Street’s immediate involvement with this situation has to be considered. It’s been three years since Geren and Street got into it and there have been other problems with players.
Geren is obviously a no-nonsense, dictatorial type of manager that doesn’t compromise often. With the A’s improved level of talent and postseason aspirations, GM Billy Beane is going to have to keep a close eye on his manager/player relationships to make sure that he’s got the right guy for the job.
Geren hasn’t has a winning season since taking over before the 2007 season. The 2006 team won the AL West under former manager Ken Macha and changed managers following their 4-0 loss in the ALCS to the Tigers.
Geren’s lack of winning experience, combined with potential problems with players, could lead the A’s to look for a more player friendly manager to take the A’s back to the postseason. Some managers are better suited for rebuilding teams like the A’s have had over the past few seasons and other managers are better when the talent has already been assembled and is looking to take the next step.
Perhaps the A’s might see their situation in this light and decide to move to a proven playoff manager later in the season. Maybe Beane will patch up things with Art Howe and bring him back?
Angels Scott Kazmir struggled in his minor league rehab start on Tuesday. He didn’t get through two innings and his return to Anaheim has to be in question.
The Twins Joe Mauer is going to DH in a rehab game on Wednesday. The Twins expect to have a better idea for a timetable for his return after he’s played a few games. Mike Cuddyer missed Tuesday’s game with a sore hip.
Dan Johnson cleared waivers and the Rays were able to send him to AAA.
The Phillies are planning to activate Jose Contreras either today or Thursday. Also, Shane Victorino is progressing and could be heading on a minor league rehab stint next week.
Barry Zito threw before the Giants game and should be heading to Arizona soon to begin his rehab for his sprained right foot. Whether his spot in the rotation will be there is up in the air. Ryan Vogelsong has pitched really well in Zito’s absence. It’s possible that Madison Bumgarner might get sent down for a little while to make room when Zito returns.
The Braves Tim Hudson is on target to only miss Wednesday’s start and should be able to return for next Monday.
The Cubs lost their third starting pitcher as Matt Garza went on the DL on Tuesday. They expect to get Randy Wells back this weekend. With Kevin Slowey reportedly available in Minnesota, perhaps GM Jim Hendry gives them a call as the Cubs at least need depth, if not more quality starting pitchers.
The Brewers might get CF Nyjer Morgan back for this weekend as Morgan plays in extended spring training games in Arizona.
Best of Yesterday May 24
|Last Night’s Games|
|Kansas City 3||Baltimore 5|
|Boston 4||Cleveland 2|
|Tampa Bay 6||Detroit 7|
|Toronto 4||New York 5|
|Chicago 8||Texas 6|
|Seattle 2||Minnesota 4|
|Oakland 6||Los Angeles 1|
|Arizona 4||Colorado 12 GM 1|
|Cincinnati 6||Philadelphia 3|
|Atlanta 2||Pittsburgh 0|
|New York 1||Chicago 11|
|Los Angeles 5||Houston 4|
|Washington 6||Milwaukee 7|
|Arizona 5||Colorado 2 GM 2|
|St. Louis 3||San Diego 2 F/11|
|Florida 5||San Francisco 1|
|Nick Blackburn W (4-4)||MIN||9 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 6 K|
|Jair Jurrjens W (6-1)||ATL||7 2/3 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 4 K, BB|
|Ricky Nolasco W (4-0)||FLA||8 1/3 IP, ER, 7 H, 5 K, 2 BB|
|Joe Saunders W (1-5)||ARI||8 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 4 K, BB|
|Guillermo Moscoso W (1-0)||OAK||6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 K, 3 BB|
|Carlos Quentin||CWS||3-5, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R|
|Carlos Gonzalez||COL||2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R|
|David DeJesus||OAK||3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R|
|Alex Avila||DET||2-4, 2 HR. 3 RBI, 2 R|
|Kelly Johnson||ARI||2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R|
|Adam Jones||BAL||2-run HR in 9th|
|Mark Teixeira||NYY||Single in 9th|
What Happened (!!)Yesterday?
The Rangers and White Sox played past 1:00 CDT due to the storms in the Dallas area. The fans were evacuated from their seats during the tornado threat. You have to wonder why they couldn’t suspend the game and restart it before Wednesday’s game.
Streaks of the Day
- Giants Buster Posey extended his hit streak to 12 games
- Brewers Ryan Braun ended his hit streak at 13 games
Top Wednesday Matchups
2:05 EDT White Sox (Floyd 5-3, 3.88) at Rangers (Wilson 4-3, 3.42)
6:35 EDT Cardinals (Carpenter 1-4, 4.88) at Padres (Latos 1-6, 4.60)
7:05 EDT Reds (Wood 3-3, 5.17) at Phillies (Halladay 6-3, 2.21) — ESPN2
10:05 EDT Athletics (Cahill 6-1, 1.79) at Angels (Santana 2-4, 4.18)
Yesterday’s Balks: 1
- Doug Fister of the Mariners against the Twins