click to enlarge Ben Margot/2013 AP file photo Manager Bruce Bochy, left, and general manager Brian Sabean are set to welcome another member to the Giants jerseys’ top decision makers: Bobby Evans is poised to be elevated to GM, with Sabean also to be promoted.
They sat 20 rows behind the dugout, talking as they do, taking in a breeze from San Francisco Bay while observing their baseball masterpiece during batting practice. Brian Sabean, sporting facial hair as white as Santa Claus, has been general manager of the Giants jerseys since 1996, meaning no man has performed the job longer in Major League Baseball. Bobby Evans, his expert wingman, has been more visible and quotable recently, and, well, you know where this is going.
Your major news: Sabean and Bruce Bochy have signed extensions that will keep them with the Giants jerseys through 2018, no small announcement given the magnitude of their accomplishments together. Their friendship transcends the typical GM manager relationship they live in the same building near the ballpark, for God’s sake and it’s vital they remain in tandem as this franchise pursues an addendum for its three trophies in five years run. As CEO Larry Baer hinted throughout spring training, it’s important to honor and reward the makers wholesale jerseys of a baseball dynasty in an era, marked by subsidy driven parity, that isn’t conducive to multiple championships in a short period.
But behind the announcement, which will be made official today, there is another development. There are whispers that Evans will be given the title of GM, with Sabean promoted to president of baseball operations, a reorganization seen elsewhere in baseball Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer with the Chicago Cubs jerseys, for one. This would allow the frenetic Sabean to kick back and enjoy his success a wee bit as an overseer while Evans inherits more of the everyday responsibilities. The triumverate has been a foursome for some time. Now it’s official, which also gives Evans less reason to leave as other teams admire him from afar. In his mid 40s, he is the boss in waiting, and the Giants jerseys want him to envision the future.
Most importantly for now, Sabean and Bochy will be sticking around a while. Do not assume that to be the gimme it appears to be. Bochy underwent a heart procedure in February, and while he jokes that he feels so good now that everyone in life should have a stent inserted, know this: He had a serious heart issue. As for Sabean, the passion that has led to repeated World Series success also has taken a toll on a baseball lifer. It would have been easy for both to depart on top, or call this season a swan song. But they are smart people who know they wouldn’t be going to Cooperstown, a strong possibility for both, if they didn’t work for this franchise in this ballpark in this city. What would they do with themselves if they retired from the Giants jerseys in their late 50s?
This was the first night the Giants jerseys were at AT Park, in uniform, since they won in Kansas City. They looked exhausted, understandable after breaking camp in Arizona on Wednesday and expected to play a game with the A’s the next night what, no time to have the electricity turned on in their A porous performance in spring training has pundits predicting doom, knowing the Giants jerseys are in the dreaded odd numbered year. And, yes, the rotation looks old and fragile and broken down beyond cheap Madison Bumgarner jersey, who is sporting a lumberjack beard that is beginning to channel a hybrid of cheap Hunter Pence jersey, who was working out while waiting for his broken left forearm to heal, and long departed Brian Wilson.