LOS ANGELES -- How much does Bruce Bochy mean to the Giants-Dodgers rivalry? Well, the Dodgers were willing to show highlights of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series wins as part of an effort to honor the man.
Vin Scully narrated a two-minute tribute video for Bochy and then Dave Roberts, one of Bochy's former players, presented him with a signed Sandy Koufax jersey. Koufax was one of Bochy's favorite players when he was growing up in Florida.
"To Bruce, with the greatest respect for your past, I wish you health and happiness in the future," Koufax wrote.
As Roberts spoke, a graphic on the video board read "respect the rivalry." Roberts said that Bochy leaned over and joked that if Tommy Lasorda were presenting, Bochy wouldn't be getting a gift.
Bochy has the most wins of any visiting manager at Dodger Stadium. He enters this series with 218 career wins against the Dodgers, including 117 as a Giant. He's 117-118 with the Giants and went 101-86 against the Dodgers in a dozen years with the Padres.
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"I've had a lot of battles here, some good ones, some tough ones," Bochy said. "A lot of games. A lot of intense games. It's been a lot of fun."
Go ahead and add another name to the candidacy list to take over the Giants' managerial role after Bruce Bochy announced his retirement following the 2019 season.
San Francisco reportedly has asked the Houston Astros for permission to speak to Joe Espada, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Espada also is a candidate for the Cubs' managing job.
Espada, 44, currently is the bench coach for the Astros. His background before joining Houston includes a stint with the New York Yankees as the special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman in 2014, where he later was named the team's third-base coach. Before that, he was the third base coach for the Miami Marlins.
He also coached the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Espada was drafted by the Oakland A's in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft and spent a decade playing internationally and made it through to Triple-A.
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He joins a list of potential Giants managers that includes Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay ... to name a few.
As Heyman points out, this is a younger group of candidates, which appears to be the theme across the board for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.
There surely will be many more names to come before we know who will man the Giants' dugout in 2020.
A new name has been added to the running list of candidates to be the next Giants manager.
The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reported Thursday that the Giants are interested in Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro to fill their managerial opening left by Bruce Bochy's retirement.
Quatraro, 45, was named Tampa Bay's bench coach prior to last season. He spent the 2018 season as the Rays' third base coach after four seasons as the Indians' assistant hitting coach.
The Indians ranked fifth in MLB in runs per game (4.6) during his time in Cleveland and fifth in on-base percentage (.327). By comparison, the Giants ranked 28th in the majors last season in total runs scored (678) and in on-base percentage (.302).
While Quatraro doesn't have managing experience in the big leagues, he has managed in the minors. Quatraro managed two seasons in Short-Season Class A Hudson Valley (2006-07), one season for Class A Columbus (2008) and one season for Class A Bowling Green (2009). '
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Quatraro joins known Giants candidates Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, Mark Kotsay, Pedro Grifol, Gabe Kapler and Wil Venable to possibly be the next manager in San Francisco.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will search far and wide, and Quatraro seems to check every box he's looking for.