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10/13/2009 3:16 PM ET
Giants agree on two-year extensions with Sabean and Bochy with options for 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The San Francisco Giants have signed Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean and Field Manager Bruce Bochy to two-year contracts with club options for the 2012 campaign. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.

Sabean, 53, who has the 12th-highest winning percentage (.532, 1,120-984) among all general managers since 1950, is currently in his 13th year at the helm of the Giants, having guided the club to four post-season berths.

"These contract extensions reinforce our confidence in both Brian and Bruce's leadership in the near and longer term," said Managing General Partner and CEO William Neukom. "Brian has proven his capabilities as a talented and effective baseball executive and we are impressed by the job Bruce has done the last three years. We are confident in their abilities to lead our club going forward."

A 24-year veteran of professional baseball, Sabean's distinguished baseball pedigree has transformed San Francisco into the National League's third-winningest team over the past 13 seasons behind only Atlanta and St. Louis. Since Sabean assumed the GM reins at the end of the 1996 season, the Giants have won a National League pennant (2002), three NL West Division flags (1997, 2000 and 2003), been a Wild Card entry (2002) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998. On two other occasions, the club was eliminated from post-season contention on the last day of the season.

Honored as Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year by both The Sporting News and Baseball America in 2003, Sabean has a proven track record in recognizing and developing highly regarded young talent. Of the 36 players on the Giants' active roster, 18 are homegrown products who were either drafted or signed as amateurs by San Francisco - including Pablo Sandoval and top prospect Buster Posey. The pitching staff alone has 10 players produced solely by the club, including starters Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez and Madison Bumgarner as well as relievers Brian Wilson, Sergio Romo and Dan Runzler.

San Francisco's minor league affiliates compiled another successful season in 2009, producing the best record in organized baseball with a 463-305 (.603) mark. Since 2005, the Giants' minor league clubs have fashioned the highest winning percentage among major league organizations with a .571 figure (2,142-1,612). During that span at least one of the Giants' seven minor league teams have been crowned champions in their respective divisions each season, with three of the seven teams winning titles in 2009.

Sabean's 13 years as the Giants architect is the longest run by a general manager in the club's history, surpassing Spec Richardson (seven seasons, 1975-81), Al Rosen (seven seasons, 1986-92) and Tom Haller (five seasons, 1981-85). He also owns the longest tenure with the same club among active general managers.

Before coming to San Francisco, Sabean served in the Yankees organization as director of scouting from 1986-90 and as vice president of player development/scouting from 1990-92. During that time, the Yankees' farm system became one of baseball's finest, featuring such players as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera. From 1993 to 1994, Sabean served as Giants' senior vice president of player personnel. From 1994 to 1996, he served as the Giants' assistant to the general manager and vice president of scouting/player personnel.

Bochy, 54, completed his 3rd season as the manager of the Giants after signing a three-year contract prior to the 2007 season. During his three-year tenure, the team has posted a 231-255 (.475) record while the club has been in a transition period. The Giants posted the third-largest improvement among major league teams this season from a year ago, posting an 88-74 (.543) record in 2009, compared to a 72-90 (.444) mark in 2008.

One of baseball's most qualified and experienced managers, Bochy recently completed his 15th-consecutive year as a big league skipper, the fourth-longest stint by an active manager. Only Tony LaRussa (31 years), Bobby Cox and Joe Torre (both 20) have longer current streaks. Bochy is seventh among active big league skippers in wins (1,182) and is 39th on the all-time list, while his four playoff appearances are tied for sixth among current major league managers.

"We are excited to have Bruce continue his work with our organization," said Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean. "Bruce has consistently demonstrated a relentless work ethic, a strong relationship with his players and sound game strategy. Without question, Bruce is the right field manager to make the Giants a contender year in and year out."

The winningest manager in San Diego history, Bochy spent 12 years at the helm of the Padres, compiling a 951-975 (.494) career ledger while leading his club to the post season four times and five winning campaigns.

He was named the National League Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in 1996 and was honored as the league's top skipper by The Sporting News in both 1996 and 1998. He guided the Padres to the National League West title in 1996, '98, 2005 and '06, while leading the 1998 charge to a club-record 98 victories, a National League pennant and a berth in the World Series against the Yankees.

Bochy also served as San Diego's third base coach in 1993 and 1994, before matriculating to the manager's chair on October 21, 1994. The Poway, CA resident was the only uniformed person to be a part of all five of the Padres post-season appearances, including as a player in 1984 and as the manager in 1996, '98, 2005 and '06.

The Landes de Boussac, France native is just the fourth Giants manager to be born outside of the United States, joining Jack Doyle (Ireland) in 1895, Arthur Irwin (Canada) in 1896 and Felipe Alou (Dominican Republic) in 2003. Bochy's father was enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in France at the time of the Giants manager's birth. Last season he became the all-time winningest foreign-born manager in major league history, surpassing Felipe Alou.

The Florida State University product spent parts of nine seasons in the majors as a catcher with the Astros, Mets and Padres. He hit .239 with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 358 games. Bochy was a post-season participant twice as a player, appearing with the 1980 Astros and 1984 Padres.

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