As the arch rival Los Angeles Dodgers were taking game 1 of the 2017 World Series, reports were surfacing that the 2018 San Francisco Giants staff was again reshuffling.
Former bench coach Ron Wotus was moving to become their new third base coach and former hitting coach Hensley Meulens was being promoted to bench coach. The team also announced the firing of former third base coach Phil Nevin.
This comes just days after the team announced that longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti, bullpen coach Mark Gardner and assistant hitting coach Steve Decker had been reassigned to front office roles.
Initial reports indicated that Wotus and Meulens were going to be reassigned. The clear difference between their new assignments and that of Righetti, Gardner and Decker is that they will remain on the coaching staff.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, signs clearly point to Meulens being groomed to replace Bochy when he decides to retire. However, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area didn’t think agree with that assessment.
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What is clear is the Giants are making significant changes to their coaching staff. There have been reports that the team has already interviewed Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey and Kansas City Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland. They have also reportedly interviewed former San Francisco Giants center fielder and current Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis.
This is essentially an end of an era for the Giants. The makeup of the championship teams that won the 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series are all but gone. Only Bruce Bochy, Buster Posey, and Madison Bumgarner have remained in the same role. Pablo Sandoval, who had left for the Red Sox in free agency after the 2014 championship, is back as a utility infielder and now Wotus and Meulens join him in new roles.
Otherwise, that is all that remains on the field for the team that began the decade with the most successful run in franchise history.