Bobby Evans

Why ex-Giants GM Bobby Evans doesn't believe Bruce Bochy is done managing

Why ex-Giants GM Bobby Evans doesn't believe Bruce Bochy is done managing

“I can’t imagine him not being in another dugout."

Former Giants general manager Bobby Evans said recently on 95.7 The Game that he couldn't picture Bruce Bochy coaching any other team besides the Orange and Black.

While most of us agree, Evans adds to it saying that he believes he's got more left in the tank than we might realize. 

“Now, I don’t know if I’ll get a text message from his wife about this, but I just think he’s got so much energy and vigor that, maybe, 13 years in one place is a long time and going to a new place is how the game works now these days.”

Evans, who spent three seasons (2015-18) as the Giants' GM, did say a break would do Bochy well.

“But, I think, maybe with some time off, maybe without time off, his energy in that dugout and that clubhouse is going to be hard to not see it continue," Evans said.

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Bochy mentioned he possibly would continue managing, but in a different uniform as Team France's skipper in next spring's World Baseball Classic qualifier.

He just hasn't fully committed.

Mike Krukow worried about Giants making this mistake in front-office hire

Mike Krukow worried about Giants making this mistake in front-office hire

The Giants are looking for a "next-gen" hire to lead the team after getting rid of general manager Bobby Evans. That doesn't exactly sit well with Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow. 

"I'm concerned with it, and I'll tell you why," Krukow said Wednesday on KNBR about an outside hire. "You have a lot of 35-year-old general managers that don't want to be corrected by a bunch of 55-year-old scouts. They don't want to have a bunch of guys saying, 'Well, back in the day, we did it this way.' They don't want to hear that. So subsequently, they're gone." 

What "next-gen" means to Giants CEO Larry Baer, Brian Sabean and the rest of the decision-makers will be determined in the future with the hire.

Here's how Baer best described his vision to Alex Pavlovic: 

“The game has changed and evolved a lot. We’ve had a lot of consistency here, which I think has served us really well, and a lot of stability, but nothing goes forever. We have to have somebody that’s going to present the blueprint for the next five to 10 years of Giants baseball. It’s time to have a fresh look at that.

“We’ve had a tremendous cycle here starting in 2010, 2009, really. But you always have to re-pot. Next-gen is finding someone who can put a great blueprint on this franchise given the ballpark and given the amazing fan base.”

Krukow's main concern is that the next hire will not tear down a part of the franchise he considers a cornerstone to the Giants' success. 

"That [scouting] has always been I think one of the backbones to this Giants franchise," Krukow said. "I mean when you have a leader -- Brian Sabean -- who was a scout, who believes in scouting, it's one of the strengths that this organization had and certainly led to the success that the Giants had in 2010, '12 and '14." 

It might sound like Krukow is stuck in the past and only believes in the eye test. That isn't the case. At least he says that isn't the case. Whoever takes over must find the best in the future and the past in Krukow's eyes. 

"I do believe in sabermetrics, I do believe in the new numbers of evaluation, but I think that there has to be a healthy blend where you can use both, and I hope that to a degree the Giants go that way," Krukow said. "There are organizations that are completely all in on sabermetrics and they pay little attention to scouting. I just hope that we do not become one of those organizations." 

The Giants currently are second to last in the NL in home runs (131), on-base percentage (.301), slugging percentage (.370), and OPS (.671) behind only the rebuilding Marlins with four games to go. Those are traditional stats, but a "next-gen" mind will be in charge of revamping the way the Giants go about getting those numbers up. 

World Series trophies are to marvel at. But it's time to move on and make sure they aren't solely a reminder of what the Giants once were instead of a goal for the near future. 

Bobby Evans dismissal hard to swallow for Giants players

Bobby Evans dismissal hard to swallow for Giants players

SAN FRANCISCO — About 20 minutes before players took the field for batting practice Monday, the man who signed so many of them got in a car and headed home to tell his family he no longer was the general manager of the Giants. 

Ownership relieved Bobby Evans of his duties in the afternoon. Hopefully an executive who lived and breathed Giants for 25 years took a night off from watching them. The team lost 5-0 to the Padres, getting shut out by Bryan Mitchell, who entered with an ERA that started with a six. 

Before the game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy met with Evans one final time.

“I thanked him for all his help. Bobby and I spent even more time together the last couple of years, but he’s always been around and been helpful,” Bochy said. “Twenty-five years here, that shows you the continuity we have in San Francisco. He did a lot for the organization. I was glad I had a chance to talk to him before he left.”

There have been rumors for weeks, and when strength coach Carl Kochan was let go, the clubhouse became all too aware that two poor seasons on the field would lead to plenty of changes. Still, this was hard for some to swallow. 

Evans put this team together and believed in the group, and his fingerprints are all over the roster. He negotiated with free agents such as Mark Melancon and Tony Watson, signed non-roster invitees such as Dereck Rodriguez and Derek Holland, and traded for players such as Will Smith and Sam Dyson. When Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and others got their extensions, Evans was the point man on the other side. When young players were called up this season, Evans often was on the other end of the first call they received. 

“Obviously something like that is part of the business side of baseball, but it kind of sucks that somebody like Bobby or somebody behind the scenes like Carl loses his job because we didn’t perform on the field,” Crawford said. “That’s always tough.”

The Giants now have let go of their strength coach and their GM this month. More changes are expected. 

“Change is tough,” Bochy said. “You have relationships with everybody. It’s that time of year.”