The San Francisco Giants dropped an absolute bombshell today, announcing a major shakeup to the entire coaching staff under manager Bruce Bochy.
The Giants lost 98 games in 2017, so change was expected, but very few saw this coming, including reassigning their most tenured coach, pitching coach Dave Righetti.
Officially, “Rags” will become a special assistant to the general manager.
Mark Gardner, the Giants former bullpen coach, has been reassigned to serve in a Special Assignment role to assist in pitching evaluations.
Assistant Hitting Coach, Steve Decker, has been reassigned to the role of Special Assistant, Baseball Operations.
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Righetti was hired in 2000, and was the longest tenured coach in baseball. To put that in perspective, he was the only pitching coach Matt Cain ever had, who was a 20 year old rookie in 2005 and who retired at the end of this season.
Gardner was hired in 2003 by the Giants to be their bullpen coach after pitching for the Giants from 1996-2001. Decker, also a former Giant in the early 1990’s, has coached throughout the Giants minor league system since 2001 with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes as a hitting coach.
Wotus, who has interviewed for open managerial jobs in the past, is surprising, considering he would be a clear candidate to replace Bochy when he decides to retire.
Yesterday, the Giants had announced that David Bell had been hired as the new Vice President of Player Development. The team has also reached out to another former Giant Chili Davis about a possible role as the team’s hitting coach.