Billy Beane Fires Manager Bob Geren

A’s general manager Billy Beane, fired his manager Bob Geren Thursday morning in the midst of a nine-game losing streak, replacing him with former Giants catcher Bob Melvin.

Geren, 49, was named the A’s manager on Nov. 17, 2006. He registered a 334-376 (.470) record in four-plus seasons with Oakland, including a 27-36 mark and last-place standing in the American League West this year.

Under Geren, who was the best man at Billy Beane’s wedding, the A’s have lost their last nine games.

In addition to a series of injuries to key players, the first two months of the season have been turbulent for Geren. Most notably, reliever Brian Fuentes complained publicly about the lack of communication between Geren and the bullpen.

Those comments, made in late May during a series in Anaheim, suggested that Geren’s grasp on the club might be slipping.

The Orioles completed a sweek of the A’s with a 3-2 win Wednesday night. The trio of defeats left Oakland mired in its longest slide since a 10-game run in 2008.