The hunt for the next San Francisco Giants Manager is heating up. With the World Series over, look for things to accelerate a little faster.
Joe Espada and Pedro Grifol
With the World Series being over, Astros bench coach Joe Espada will be available to return to San Francisco for a second interview with the Giants. MLB.com reported on Wednesday that Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol would get an interview as well.
Former Oakland Athletics coach Bob Geren has interviewed as well, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. With the A’s, Geren’s record was 334-375 in five years. While with the Dodgers Farhan Zaidi hired Geren to be Dave Roberts’ bench coach, and he is still there.
Gabe Kapler, Ron Wotus, and Henry Meulens
Recently fired Gabe Kapler already interviewed and is expected to interview again sometime soon. Kapler also worked under Zaidi when he was with the Dodgers.
Two current Giants coaches were interviewed as well, third base coach Ron Wotus and bench coach Henry Meulens’. Wotus was informed that he was no longer in the running. Meulens’ status is still unclear.
The Candidates that will return for second interviews will now meet with Giants ownership, which was not involved in the first interview process. There is no word of leading candidate yet, but i would expect an announcement with the next couple weeks.
The San Francisco Giants finished the season 77-85. In the middle of the season, the Giants had gotten hot and played their way into the wild card race. San Francisco used some young blood to get back in the race. Players like Mike Yastrzemski and Donovan Solano helped pump no blood into the Giants offense. Towards the end of the season, the Giants hit some bad streaks and fail out the Wild Card race.
It will be interesting to see who the Giants hire as manager, they have interviewed a ton of candidates so no stone will be left unturned.