In December, as he introduced an extremely young and inexperienced coaching staff, Gabe Kapler said one reason he believed it all could work was that Ron Wotus was returning to work under his fourth Giants manager.
"He's the stabilizing force for us," Kapler said at the MLB Winter Meetings.
That'll be true going forward, too. As expected, Wotus will return to the coaching staff in 2021. He told Amy Gutierrez on her "Wine Wednesday" show that he has been asked back.
"I won't be going anywhere," Wotus said. "This is where I want to be. Everybody knows that. I spent my whole career here. I'm not looking to go anywhere. I want to get us back to where we were when we were winning championships."
Wotus just finished his 33rd year in the organization and 23rd on the big-league staff. The longest-tenured coach in franchise history was the only member of Bruce Bochy's staff who was retained by Kapler last offseason, and Kapler repeatedly praised Wotus during two spring trainings and a shortened 2020 season, talking often about how Wotus was a leader for the young staff and was helping provide guidance for himself and also first-year bench coach Kai Correa.
Kapler's 13-person staff drew plenty of praise from the players as the Giants went 29-31 and missed the playoffs by one game. The Giants have not hinted at any changes in Kapler's second year.
"This is the first time we've all worked together and I thought we weathered a pretty significant storm this season from a number of different angles and are going to be better off for having this experience together and be better prepared to compete next year," Kapler said last week.