SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants continued to shake up their coaching staff on Thursday, announcing another series of moves.
Hensley Meulens will move from hitting coach to bench coach, bumping Ron Wotus from bench coach to third base coach. Matt Herges was named the new bullpen coach. Phil Nevin, the previous third base coach, was let go.
Last week, the team reassigned Dave Righetti, Mark Gardner and Steve Decker. Combined with two dismissals after the 2016 season, the Giants have now made seven coaching changes in the last 13 months. Since the end of the 2016 season, they have changed their pitching coach, hitting coach, bench coach, bullpen coach and first base coach, and made two changes in the third base coaching box.
The Giants are still interviewing candidates for pitching coach and both hitting positions. There will not be any other changes, as Jose Alguacil (first base) and Shawon Dunston (replay analyst) will remain in their current roles.
In a statement put out by the team, manager Bruce Bochy said the organization is “tapping into our coaching expertise to improve all levels of our organization.
“Rags. Gardy and Deck bring on-the-field experience to the table and I know their input is going to be invaluable in putting together a winning roster,” Bochy continued.
Meulens had been on staff for eight years as the hitting coach. His new role will have him assisting Bochy as well as handling outfield instruction. The Giants did not have a dedicated outfield coach last season. Wotus will be on staff for a 21st consecutive season. He was the third base coach for the organization in 1998.
Herges pitched for the Giants from 2003 to 2005 and spent 11 seasons in the big leagues. He spent the last seven seasons in the Dodgers organization and was their Triple-A pitching coach the past two seasons.