After 25 long seasons wearing the orange and black, San Francisco Giants bench coach Ron Wotus could be leaving for a managerial position, as he has an interview set for Monday in Washington D.C. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News was the first to report of the potential leave of Wotus:
This is not unfamiliar territory for the rest of the organization as Wotus has previously interviewed for the managerial vacancy for the Tampa Bay Rays prior to this year, the Seattle Mariners in 2013, and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010.
After a brief Big League playing career from 1983-1984, Wotus took on the coaching role for the first time in 1990. In his previous 25 years coaching, Wotus has been named Minor League Manager of the Year twice, holds a career managerial 554-412 record (.574), and is one of only five individuals since 1900 to serve as a Giants coach for at least 10 years.
This news comes just after the Nationals recently fired former Giants infielder Matt Williams after having an extremely disappointing season. The three time World Series champion Wotus will have strong competition, as the Nationals have plans to interview former Giants manager Dusty Baker, former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black, and ex-Padre All Star Phil Nevin.
The 54-year-old Wotus has been instrumental in assisting manager Bruce Bochy in his tenure, as he has had the duties of aligning the infield and working with the infielders on skills and strategies. After losing Tim Flannery to retirement prior to this season, if Wotus is called upon by Nationals GM Mike Rizzo to head the club, Bochy will have another coaching spot to fill.
Although it will be a tough hole to fill, I can speak for the fans, team, and organization when I wish the 27-year Giant Ron Wotus all of the luck, as this opportunity has been a long time coming.