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Giants fans might be excited to consider Will Clark, currently employed as a special hitting instructor for the club, as a potential replacement for Bruce Bochy, who is retiring at the end of the 2019 season. Clark, of course, starred for the Giants in the late ’80s and early ’90s, making five All-Star games and finishing second in the MVP voting in 1989.
In an interview with NBC Sports’ Amy Gutierrez, he indicated that he isn’t completely ruling out his interest in taking over the Bochy gig, though he expressed reservations about the demanding nature of the role.
“Once the season starts, it’s February to October every day,” Clark told NBC Sports. “Look at us here — it’s a Sunday at the ballpark, and I’ve been here since 7 a.m., and we don’t have batting practice, so it’s a full-time job … It’s not off the radar, but I’d definitely have to have some help and some more experience.”
“It’s not off the radar” is not even close to the same thing as “I’m actively seeking this job,” but it at least opens the window to this article existing, which is something. That being said, Clark doesn’t really sound like he even thinks he’s particularly qualified.
“The straight-out answer — I’m not even being political — is I’m not the guy that’s going to pat you on the back,” Clark told Gutierrez. “I am the guy who’s going to kick you in the butt. Today’s youth, shall we say, don’t really respond to that real well. So, if that was in my future, I would definitely have to do some sort of minor league job or something like that to get the feel for it.”
Clark may not have all of the skipper credentials, but he’s already showing an essential managerial talent: the ability to publicly insinuate millennials are entitled and lazy.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/bruce-bochy-replacement-options-retirement-14284613.php.