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Four Giants make MLB Pipeline's final Top 100 prospects list of season

Four Giants make MLB Pipeline's final Top 100 prospects list of season

The season is finally over ... at least as far as the Minor League organizations are concerned.

Throughout the season, MLB Pipeline has made its Top 100 Prospects list, with the final one published Tuesday. Sure enough, the Giants' future is looking rather bright, as four guys made the final list.

Catcher Joey Bart (No. 20), outfielder Heliot Ramos (No. 51), shortstop Marco Luciano (No. 62) and outfielder Hunter Bishop (No. 66), make appearances on the list, which include some changes since midseason.

Bart moves down one spot from June's list, with Ramos improving six spots from his previous No. 57 ranking.

Ramos had a successful season with Single-A San Jose where he slashed .306/.385/.500 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI, earning him a promotion to Double-A Richmond in August. That move up the list is justified. 

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Bart also is not wasting any time making noise in the Arizona Fall League, mashing two home runs in the Scottsdale Scorpion's 5-4 win on Wednesday night. He's making up for the lost time after missing a chunk of the minor league season due to a fractured left wrist.

This list should remain as is for the most part for the rest of the calendar year. Some of the young guys could lose rookie/prospect status if they exceed the big-league at-bat/inning minimum through the remainder of the season. There will be a new list in January.

Source: Giants interested in Cubs' Will Venable for managerial opening

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Source: Giants interested in Cubs' Will Venable for managerial opening

SAN FRANCISCO -- Bruce Bochy spent 25 consecutive years as a big league manager, but it appears the Giants are looking to go the opposite route as they search for Bochy's replacement.

Two weeks in, there's a consistent theme with the known names in the managerial search. They mostly are younger and without much, if any, managerial experience, although they are well thought of within the industry.

The Giants started the process by interviewing current coaches Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, and a source told NBC Sports Bay Area that A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay interviewed last Monday. Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol interviewed Thursday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler will sit down with Farhan Zaidi, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Per league sources, the Giants also have interest in Will Venable, who currently is the first base coach for the Chicago Cubs. Venable, 36, spent eight years as a Padres outfielder and finished his career with the Dodgers in 2016, when Zaidi was the general manager there.

A product of Princeton, Venable joined the Cubs as a special assistant in 2017 and was elevated to Joe Maddon's staff a year later. He also is in consideration for the Cubs' managerial opening.

Zaidi has said he expects to interview six to eight external candidates, but it's possible that some of the names connected to the Giants won't necessarily be in a position to be the new manager. This is an opportunity for Zaidi to spend time with some of the brightest young minds on other big league staffs, and some of the candidates may end up in consideration to join the Giants in other roles.

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The coaching staff is expected to undergo significant changes under new leadership, and all of Bochy's coaches had contracts that expired at the end of the 2019 season. Zaidi also needs to hire a new general manager and has said that department heads are still deciding what to do with some longtime front office employees.

MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker

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MLB rumors: Giants grant Phillies permission to interview Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker could reunite with Bryce Harper, and it's all thanks to the ... Giants? 

The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reported Sunday that the Giants gave the Phillies permission to interview Baker to be their next manager. The 70-year-old currently is a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer in San Francisco. 

Baker last managed in the major leagues when he led Harper and the Nationals to 97 wins in 2017. But Washington lost to the Cubs in the first round of the playoffs that season, despite winning the NL East. 

The Nationals won the NL East both years that Baker managed in Washington DC -- 2016 and 2017 -- and averaged 96 wins in his two seasons. They also failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs both times. 

Baker began his managerial career in 1993 when he won 103 games with the Giants. He served as San Francisco's manager from 1993 to 2002 and compiled an 840-715 regular-season record, though his teams went just 11-13 in the playoffs, including losing the 2002 World Series to the Angels in seven games.

Over his 22-year managerial career, Baker has 1,863 wins to 1,636 losses, but is 23-32 in the playoffs. 

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The Phillies seem to be looking for veteran leadership from their new manager. Along with Baker, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday that Philadelphia also will consider Buck Showalter, Joe Girardi and Mike Scioscia as candidates.

Gabe Kapler was fired by the Phillies after the regular season as the team disappointed in Harper's first year on his new team. Heyman reported Saturday that the Giants will interview Kapler for their vacant manager position.