Gi­ants’ man­ager search takes a turn

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Kerry Crow­ley

SAN FRAN­CISCO — For the last week, it ap­peared the Gi­ants were down to three can­di­dates to suc­ceed Bruce Bochy as the team’s next man­ager.

Former Philadel­phia Phillies man­ager Gabe Kapler, cur­rent Hous­ton Astros bench coach Joe Es­pada and cur­rent Kansas City Roy­als qual­ity con­trol coach Pe­dro Gri­fol all re­mained in the mix be­fore the cal­en­dar turned to Novem­ber.

Kapler and Es­pada are still un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, but a new re­port from the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle in­di­cates that Gri­fol is longer un­der con­sid­er­a­tion while Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Qu­a­traro is still in the run­ning.

Qu­a­traro, 45, is a New York na­tive who spent the 2019 sea­son as the Rays’ bench coach after leav­ing the In­di­ans’ or­ga­ni­za­tion to serve as the Rays’ third base coach in 2018. Qu­a­traro’s pre­vi­ous ti­tles in­clude as­sis­tant hit­ting coach for the In­di­ans (2014-2017), mi­nor league hit­ting co­or­di­na­tor for the Rays (2010-2013) and var­i­ous jobs man­ag­ing mi­nor league teams in the Rays or­ga­ni­za­tions in the mid-to-late-2000s.

On Fri­day, the Bay Area News Group re­ported that Es­pada was in San Fran­cisco for his sec­ond in-per­son in­ter­view with pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Farhan Zaidi, who is lead­ing the Gi­ants’ search. A source con­firmed that Kapler and Gri­fol were two of the fi­nal­ists for the job, but that left open the pos­si­bil­ity the Gi­ants were still con­sid­er­ing other can­di­dates.

The Chron­i­cle re­port says Gri­fol is now out of the run­ning, but it re­mains pos­si­ble that Qu­a­traro could out­last Kapler and Es­pada and be named the fran­chise’s fifth man­ager since since 1986.

The Gi­ants are one of only two teams — the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates — that have yet to name a man­ager for the 2020 sea­son and it’s un­clear when San Fran­cisco’s search will con­clude. The or­ga­ni­za­tion does not ap­pear to be in dan­ger of los­ing out on the chance to hire any of its pre­ferred can­di­dates be­cause the Pi­rates plan to hire a gen­eral

man­ager be­fore con­tin­u­ing their search for a new man­ager.

Zaidi is also in­ter­ested in hir­ing a gen­eral man­ager this off­sea­son and un­til Wed­nes­day, there was no sig­nif­i­cant news re­gard­ing the Gi­ants’ search. Ken Rosen­thal of The Ath­letic re­ported the Gi­ants are con­sid­er­ing Cubs as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Scott Har­ris for the role, but it’s not known whether Zaidi would pre­fer to in­stall a gen­eral man­ager be­fore hir­ing a field man­ager.

Har­ris is a na­tive of Red­wood City who spent five sea­sons as Chicago’s di­rec­tor of base­ball op­er­a­tions be­fore he was pro­moted to his cur­rent role.

Re­gard­less of who the Gi­ants hire as their next gen­eral man­ager, it is ex­pected that Zaidi will con­tinue to drive the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s per­son­nel de­ci­sions and main­tain con­trol over the 25man and 40-man ros­ters. A gen­eral man­ager will work un­der the pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions and is ex­pected to boost the over­all knowl­edge and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of a front of­fice that has un­der­gone a sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion over the last cal­en­dar year.

Dur­ing his end-of-sea­son press con­fer­ence, Zaidi said it might be pos­si­ble for the Gi­ants to have fi­nal­ists for the gen­eral man­ager po­si­tion meet with fi­nal­ists for the field man­ager po­si­tion to gauge what kind of work­ing re­la­tion­ships might strengthen the Gi­ants the most.

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