A's coach Geren coming to town

December 09, 2006 12:00 am

By Bill Choy

Triplicate Sports Editor

Fans of the Oakland A's will have the opportunity to meet the team's new manager in Crescent City on Tuesday.

Bob Geren, 45, who was named the A's manager last month, and A's radio announcer Robert Buan will be in town as part of the team's winter caravan.

The caravan will visit locations in Crescent City and Brookings, Ore., on Tuesday. Geren and Buan will also be in Eureka on Monday.

The visit is being made in conjunction with Bicoastal Media Radio and KPOD 1240 AM, the Crescent City affiliate of the Oakland A's Radio Network.

Buan said they plan to be on the radio locally and visit different locations in town. Tentatively, him and Geren plan to meet the public at the Crescent City Les Schwab Tire Centers on Northcrest Drive. A time has not been set yet.

Buan and Geren plan to be part of a luncheon and visit Del Norte High School. Buan is the host of "Extra Innings," the post-game radio show of the Oakland A's. The 2007 season will be the 8th year he has hosted the program heard on KPOD. To Buan, it's vital for major league teams to have those associated with a MLB team visit communities with those that might not normally have the chance to drive down for games.

"It's not lost on the game that some of its biggest fans are not in the community they play in," he said. "The caravan is a way to bring that opportunity to fans."

Buan said he enjoys participating in these caravan events.

"I love it. I think it's great," he said. "For me, it's a great way to connect with people."

Geren has been a member of the A's coaching staff for the last four seasons, serving as the club's bench coach in 2006 after spending the previous three seasons as bullpen coach.

He joined the A's organization in 1999 as manager of Single-A Modesto and spent the next three seasons (2000-02) at the helm of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats.

A former catcher, Geren's professional playing career spanned 15 seasons, including five years in the Major Leagues.