Fuentes and Geren Love Affair Over?
It wasn’t long ago that according to Brian Fuentes‘ wikipedia page that he was “married to Bob Geren” and if he wasn’t married to Geren, it certainly seemed Geren was married to Fuentes. But the honeymoon is most certainly over, a day after Fuentes questioned Geren’s non-usage of called up bullpen arms in San Francisco, Fuentes was put into the game in Anaheim in the seventh inning and was less than thrilled about it.
After the game Fuentes had this to say (questions from the media pool – care of Jane Lee’s Major Lee-ague blog),
“What did you think of the situation you were placed in tonight?
Fuentes: It’s surprising yet not surprising all at the same time.
How do you feel with the way the manager has handled you as a reliever?
Fuentes: Pretty poorly.
How much communication do you have with him?
Why is it pretty poorly?
Fuentes: There’s just no communication. Two games, on the road, bring the closer in a tied game, with no previous discussions of doing so. And then, tonight, in the seventh inning, I get up. I haven’t stretched, I haven’t prepared myself. If there was some communication beforehand I would be ready to come into the game – which I was, when I came into the game, I was ready. Just lack of communication. I don’t think anybody really knows which direction he’s headed.
How much different is this compared to past managers?
Fuentes: It’s a pretty drastic difference.
What goes through your mind when the phone rings in the seventh tonight?
Fuentes: I thought he misspoke. I thought it was some sort of miscommunication, but he said, ‘No, you’re up,’ so I got up and cranked it up. You can’t try to guess along with them. Very unpredictable.
At the beginning of the season, did he tell you that you were the closer?
Fuentes: Yes, from get go, I’ve been closing.
In regards to communication, is that something that oughta change?
Fuentes: It should. It’s not my decision. I can’t predict the future. If he decides to take that step, then there will be communication. If not, I’ll make sure I’m ready from the first.
Does there need to be a “clear the air” meeting?
Fuentes: Some people might think so. At this point I have nothing to say.
Has this been boiling up or is it just recent?
Fuentes: Just recent, really. I think the games in San Francisco were some unorthodox managing. I thought it was maybe the National league thing, that maybe that had something to do with it, but tonight was pretty unbelievable.”
It is interesting that Fuentes said all this, but even more interesting to me was that Geren had said that this team has no set roles and all that nonsense, he goes with the best pitcher but Fuentes flatly said that he didn’t buy that garbage saying he was told he was closer.
Which love it or hate it, certainly seems to be the case from where I sit as well. What was interesting is that as per David Feldman’s twitter feed,
“Brian Fuentes this season: In 11 Save Opps: 1-1 Rec, 9 Saves, 2.92 ERA. In other 12 games: 0-6 Rec, 8.00 ERA.”
So with a six game losing streak not enough of a problem or distraction now we have clubhouse strife between Brian Fuentes and Bob Geren. Fuentes did not even hand Geren the ball when exiting the game instead dropping it in the hand of Kurt Suzuki and walking off past Geren.
The drumbeat seems to be beating louder and louder for Geren’s removal, I haven’t ever seen such consensus amongst fans – and even the dissent seems to be creeping between the lines into the media – about an action that needs to be made. We’ll see where this goes.