The success of an organization is dependent on strong leaders. Whether on the field, in the clubhouse or behind a desk in the front office, success is forged by those who take the reins. San Francisco has ensured that two of the leaders playing key roles in the Giants winning three out of the last five World Series remain part of the organization.
According to reports first released by CBSSports.com, San Francisco General Manager Brian Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy recently agreed to contract extensions that will keep the successful duo part of the Giants organization through the 2018 season.
Sabean is the longest-tenured general manager in the Major Leagues, serving in that capacity since 1996. Since Sabean became part of the San Francisco front office, the Giants have made the postseason seven times with four trips to the World Series, coming home with three titles. He has been instrumental in making some savvy transactions that have led to San Francisco’s title runs, including signing Aubrey Huff as a free agent before 2010; trading outfielder John Bowker and pitcher Joe Martinez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed or Javier Lopez, who has become a vital part of one of the best bullpens in the league; trading Charlie Culberson to the Colorado Rockies during 2012 for NLCS MVP infielder Marco Scutaro; trading catching prospect Tommy Joseph, right-hander Seth Rosin and outfielder Nate Schierholtz to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence, a player that is arguably the heart-and-soul of the team; signing Michael Morse to a free-agent contract prior to 2014; and trading pitching prospects left-hander Edwin Escobar and right-hander Heath Hembree to the Boston Red Sox for right-hander Jake Peavy, who was key down the stretch for the Giants.
While Sabean has played a significant role in bringing players in, Bochy has displayed an excellent acumen for getting the best out of what he has surrounding him. He has become a master at handling the bullpen and late-game situations, exuding a calm demeanor that helps keep his team poised in difficult situations.
During his nine seasons with the Giants, Bochy has compiled a 667-629 overall record, but is 34-14 during the MLB Postseason with three World Series rings to his credit.
Although successful of late, Bochy’s first two seasons with San Francisco saw the team struggled to combined record of 143-181. But since 2009, the Giants have had one season below .500 (76-86 during 2013) under his direction.
Larry Baer, President and CEO of the Giants realized the importance of keeping the leadership duo intact. During a press conference before the Bay Bridge Series against the Oakland Athletics, Baer made his feelings known on the pair, telling the Associated Press, “The glory days of the franchise are now. I think it is important to acknowledge that and pay tribute to the people who have done it, from the general manager’s office to the manager’s office, to get us where we are now.”
An official announcement on Bochy’s and Sabean’s deals is scheduled to come during the Giants’ annual team luncheon today.