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Is this a Giants fan’s worst nightmare?
Andrew Baggarly, The Athletic’s Giants reporter, was on KNBR Wednesday afternoon discussing potential replacements for Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who’s set to retire at the end of the 2019 season. One candidate Baggarly name-dropped as a potential Bochy replacement: Raul Ibañez, a Dodgers’ special assistant since 2016.
Ibañez, for those unfamiliar, spent 19 seasons in the Majors as an outfielder, most prominently for the Mariners in the early-t0-mid 2000s. He was most famous in his playing career for hitting a bunch of dongs and for uncorking perhaps the worst throw in baseball history. Ibañez was a finalist for the Rays’ manager job back in 2014.
Baggarly told KNBR’s Larry Krueger that Ibañez is a name he’s heard mentioned in discussions about potential Bochy replacements, pointing to his communication skills as a major reason for his candidacy.
“[Ibañez] is somebody who is really positive, connects with players very well, he’s special assistant in the Dodgers system right now,” Baggarly told KNBR. “He is another name that I’ve heard that will probably be part of an interview process when it gets to that stage.”
Baggarly stressed that the Giants’ front office intends to speak with a large number of candidates, indicating Farhan Zaidi and company will relish the opportunity to explore a variety of potential approaches to the position.
Baggarly mentioned the managerial search isn’t a “front burner” issue at present, and likely won’t be unless the Giants fall out the race. (This could be sooner rather than later, if math is to be believed.)
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/bruce-bochy-replacement-manager-candidates-14144923.php.