1. He is absolutely loved in San Francisco
If Pence ever were to be hired as manager of the Giants, it would be one of the most popular hires the Giants have ever made. He is absolutely beloved in the city of San Francisco and fans would instantly be behind him as the manager.
Look no further than Hunter, a day after his retirement, heading out into McCovey Cove to hang out with fans and sign some baseballs on the final day of the season. That is just the kind of guy that Hunter is; it’s not an act or a schtick, he is just a genuine, loving guy who is grateful for all the love Giants fans have given him over the years.
Pence would not feel the same kind of pressure that a fresh, unfamiliar manager would in his first few years with the fanbase like Kapler has. He would be given the benefit of the doubt for at least a season which would ease the pressure on him and may lead to better results.
Furthermore, it’s clear that he loves the city back. He made his affinity for the city and Giants fans known. With that in mind, it’s hard not to see him rejoining the organization in some capacity soon. Once he does, it’s hard to see his role within the organization not growing larger.