Pair of ex-SF Giants find new coaching homes for 2022

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Unhindered by the MLB lockout that drags on thanks to the owners seemingly being uninterested in improving the game at the highest level, the 2022 Minor League Baseball season is approaching rapidly. Most MiLB teams have had their coaching staffs set by their MLB parent organizations, and in early-February some former SF Giants players' updated coaching assignments were released.

Unlike the January announcement that had two ex-SF Giants farmhands set for the same staff, the destinations of the recent pair are not the same team, organization, or even side of the country: former outfielder Doug Clark is moving to the Boston Red Sox organization as the hitting coach of the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, and longtime MLB infielder Cody Ransom is going to be the bench coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks' Low-A affiliate Visalia Rawhide.

Clark leaves the SF Giants organization

Ever since hanging up his cleats after the 2014-15 winter, Clark has been a member of the Giants' MiLB coaching staff. He was the hitting coach for the Arizona League Giants in 2015 and 2017-18 - making a stop with the Low-A Augusta Greenjackets in 2016 - and led the hitters of the Short Season Single-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2019 before jumping up to the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels in 2021.

Originally a seventh-round pick by the Giants in the 1998 draft out of UMass Amherst, Clark toiled in the minor leagues and foreign leagues for over a decade. He spent time in the Majors in 2005 with the Giants and 2006 with the Oakland Athletics, earning a total of 12 plate appearances in 14 games in the big leagues, and played in foreign leagues (Korea and Mexico) from 2008 through his 2014 retirement.

Ransom, a coach for Arizona's team in the Short Season Arizona League in 2019 and 2021, entered pro ball the same year as Clark but as the Giants' ninth-round selection out of Grand Canyon University. He debuted in the Majors in 2001 at the age of 25 and spent short stints with the Orange and Black every year from then until 2004.

After spending 2005 and 2006 exclusively in Triple-A in different organizations, Ransom re-appeared in MLB with the Houston Astros in 2007. He became a journeyman providing depth for various teams through 2013, wearing the uniforms of the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Brewers, Padres and Cubs. He hung up his cleats after playing in Japan in 2014 and with Arizona's AAA team in 2015.