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Oakland A’s Fire Bob Geren, Replace Him With Soon-To-Be Fired Bob Melvin

Maybe it’s karma.

I join with a couple of friends on Facebook before every MLB season to exchange predictions. I presented mine here. As we were going through this exercise, I pointed out that one of them had tabbed Don Wakamatsu and A.J. Hinch to be his managers of the year in 2010.

Instead, they were fired. I had a nice laugh over it.

Now the shoe is on the other foot, or however that saying goes. The A’s cut ties with Bob Geren today, my MOY choice back in March.

A lot of times, a manager is fired because someone has to pay for a team’s lack of success, be it his fault or not. Granted, the A’s are very bad, and a lot of that blame can only go to those on the field. Only one player on that team — Josh Willingham — has an OPS of more than .700. No one on that roster with more than 100 at-bats as of Thursday afternoon has a batting average higher than .265. They have scored the fewest runs in the American League. The pitching staff has been OK, but Brett Anderson may be just days away from receiving very bad news yet again.

Oakland’s dismal play wasn’t all of Geren’s making. But the writing has been on the wall for this move for a couple of weeks. It started when A’s reliever Brian Fuentes ripped Geren with a bunch of mics in his face. Then we found out from former A’s pitcher Huston Street that Geren apparently has a history of bad social skills with his players. The A’s have lost nine games in a row, they have the third-worst record in baseball, and maybe Geren has just completely lost what used to be his clubhouse.

So a move had to be made. But Melvin? The guy who went 337-340 in four-plus seasons with the much more talented Diamondbacks from 2005-2009? The guy with the 493-508 career record as a manager? Melvin was denied after interviewing for the open managerial positions with the Cubs, Mets and Brewers last fall. Tell me I’m just being overly negative — I tend to do that a lot — but Melvin is not going to turn this ship around.

Yet, here is what’s probably going to happen starting now: Melvin will come in and be warmly received; his new players will be motivated to play their best for their new manager; the A’s will gain some traction in the AL West, and Melvin will be lauded as just what Oakland needed to reach its potential. Oakland finishes third in the division, but after a late-season surge, Melvin’s current interim tag will be removed for something more permanent, and the A’s will once again head into next season with inflated expectations.

But until they develop an offense and the pitching staff can stay healthy, the A’s will continue to disappoint. And in a couple of years, Melvin will be let go in favor of someone else who is brought in to do job that Geren and Melvin did for a while but failed to sustain: win.

I’m sure Trey Hillman is available.

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