Giants’ Managerial Search Down to 3 Names Including Gabe Kapler

Gabe Kapler with Phillies. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/Shutterstock (10376371ad)

While most MLB teams have rushed to fill their managerial vacancies, San Francisco Giants are taking their time with finding a replacement for retired Bruce Bochy. However, the name of the new Giants’ manager should be revealed soon as the organization narrowed down their search to three finalists.

ESPN reports that Giants will pick between Philadelphia Phillies’ manager Gabe Kepler, Houston Astros’ bench coach Joe Espada, and Tampa Bay Rays’ bench coach Matt Quatraro to lead the team in 2020 MLB season.

Kepler is the only name among the three to have experience in managing an MLB team. The 44-year-old served as Phillies’ manager in the previous two seasons, posting a 161–163 record before being fired.

Espada, on the other hand, has served with Miami Marlins and New York Yankees on various positions before coming to Houston. He also coached the Puerto Rican national baseball team on several occasions.

Finally, Quatraro coached with Cleveland Indians as an assistant hitting coach while serving as a third base coach and bench coach with Rays. He managed several minor league baseball teams in the past.

Reportedly, San Francisco’s president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi also considered hiring Bochy’s successor within the organization, interviewing Giants’ third base coach Ron Wotus and bench coach Hensley Meulens. Oakland Athletics’ quality control coach Mark Kotsay and LA Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren also received consideration.