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SAN FRANCISCO -- The first known name to interview for Bruce Bochy's old job is a familiar one. 

Bench coach Hensley Meulens will interview this week to be the Giants' next manager, according to league sources. Meulens, who just finished his 10th season on the Giants' staff, has long been considered a future manager and will get the first shot to impress Farhan Zaidi, who will choose Bochy's successor. 

The 52-year-old has spent the last two seasons as Bochy's bench coach and previously worked as hitting coach for eight years, winning three championships. He also has drawn praise for his work as manager of the Dutch team in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics. 

A former big leaguer, Meulens is well-liked by players and is considered well-versed in the analytics and approaches that are becoming a bigger part of the game with each passing year. He speaks five languages, including Spanish and Japanese, a big plus for any potential manager.

There are few holes in Meulens' resume, and he has been an up-and-coming candidate for years, prompting the Giants to keep him on staff as bench coach even when they wanted to make a change with their hitting coach. 

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Meulens has previously interviewed for other top jobs and reportedly came in second to Aaron Boone for the Yankees' opening two years ago. He also has talked to the Reds, Twins and Tigers in recent years. 

 

The Giants have a vacancy for the first time in 13 years. Zaidi is believed to have a long list of candidates and the process is expected to last well into November.