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MLB rumors: Royals' Pedro Grifol gets second Giants manager interview

MLB rumors: Royals' Pedro Grifol gets second Giants manager interview

There has been additional progress in the latest search for the Giants' managerial vacancy. 

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Tuesday night, citing a source, that Kansas City Royals quality control and catching coach Pedro Grifol has been asked by the Giants to come back for a second interview.

The Giants first interviewed Grifol on Oct. 10.

The 49-year-old was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round of the 1991 MLB Draft, and spent some time playing minor league ball. His background also includes working in the Seattle Mariners organization as the director of minor league operations. 

Grifol is part of a growing group of hopefuls vying for the job.

[RELATED: Bruce Bochy clarifies his 'one more shot' comments]

Former A's manager Bob Geren interviewed for the position as well as Oakland's quality control coach, and former player, Mark Kotsay. Houston Astros' bench coach Joe Espada was invited for his second interview in the midst of his World Series race

Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler also received a second interview with the Giants.

World Series Game 7 serves as reminder of Madison Bumgarner's greatness

World Series Game 7 serves as reminder of Madison Bumgarner's greatness

The World Series is going to a Game 7, and both the Astros and Nationals pitching staffs are loaded with starters that both teams should feel comfortable giving the ball to in the winner-take-all game on Wednesday.

But none of them are Madison Bumgarner.

Zack Greinke. Max Scherzer. Gerrit Cole. Stephen Strasburg. Justin Verlander. That's a who's who of future Hall of Fame starters.

But none of them are the best postseason pitcher of all time.

It's not even debatable at this point. When it comes to playoff baseball, there has never been a more clutch pitcher than Bumgarner, as he proved time and time again throughout the Giants' dynasty.

Now, you can be sure that both Houston manager A.J. Hinch and Nationals manager Dave Martinez will have the utmost confidence in Greinke and Scherzer, who are expected to start Game 7 for their respective sides. After all, the two pitchers have combined for four Cy Young awards, 12 All-Star appearances and been worth a combined 125.4 wins above replacement over the course of their careers.

But if you hooked the managers up to a polygraph and asked them if they would rather have their guy or Bumgarner taking the mound Wednesday, they'd either give the correct answer, or the needles would be jumping all over the place.

You don't have to go back any further than the last time MadBum took the ball in a World Series game to confirm his relative superiority.

Exactly five years prior to the Nationals' Game 6 victory on Tuesday, pitching on only one day of rest, Bumgarner came out of the bullpen and threw five scoreless innings to close out San Francisco's Game 7 victory over the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series. It was the culmination of the greatest postseason performance in MLB history, as Bumgarner laid waste to the competition throughout those playoffs, posting a 1.03 ERA with 45 strikeouts over 52.2 dominant innings, including two complete-game shutouts.

To take it a step further, over five career World Series appearances, Bumgarner has an utterly ridiculous 0.25 ERA.

You can't top that.

Both Greinke and Scherzer surely will try, and even if they fall short, that's no knock against them. Rather, it would serve as a reminder of the historical greatness that Bumgarner so often provided to the Giants in their greatest times of need.

Bumgarner will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and while he's not the same pitcher he was throughout the three World Series runs, he proved this season that he still has plenty left in the tank. The Giants aren't the same team they were during those runs, either, but then again, they snuck into the Wild Card Game in 2014, and we know how that turned out.

[RELATED: Giants' 2019 roster churn was historic, but led to keepers]

No one would fault Bumgarner if he decided to leave San Francisco in free agency. He's earned that right, and deserves the chance to showcase his postseason mastery again at some point.

The Giants certainly will try to keep him, just as both the Astros and Nationals gladly would take him for Wednesday if they could.

MLB Rumors: Giants interviewed Royals' Pedro Grifol for manager job

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MLB Rumors: Giants interviewed Royals' Pedro Grifol for manager job

It appears the quality control coach background could be a common theme in managerial position job hunt.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported, citing a source, that Royals quality control and catching coach Pedro Grifol interviewed Thursday to take over for former Giants skipper Bruce Bochy after he announced his retirement. 

Grifol, in an interview recently with The Athletic said he had been attached to the Royals organization for several years and was a part of the World Series run and gushed about being a part of Kansas City after long-time manager Ned Yost announced he would be retiring as well.

He's obviously open to additional opportunities as well. 

The 49-year-old was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round of the 1991 MLB Draft and had a short stint in the minors. He also worked for the Seattle Mariners organization as their director of minor league operations.

[RELATED: League source says Kotsay perfect for Giants' job]

A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay was one of the latest to interview for the Giants manager position, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic. He has a connection to Giants president of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi, when he was in the A's front office as Kotsay roamed the outfield for Oakland.

Zaidi, and the Giants staff have already interviewed Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, who were longtime members of Bochy's staff.