SAN FRANCISCO, CA - San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer today announced that the team has extended the contracts of Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean and Field Manager Bruce Bochy through the 2019 season. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
"Brian and Bruce form the foundation on which all three Championship teams have been built. The strength and stability of Giants baseball is a direct reflection of the strength and stability of the partnership of these two men," said Baer. "My top priority this off season was to ensure that this partnership and our outstanding baseball organization remain intact for years to come."
"First, I want to thank Larry and the ownership group for their commitment to me and to our entire baseball department. I am thrilled that our group will remain together for the foreseeable future," said Sabean. "There is no finer manager in baseball today than Bruce Bochy. His humble leadership style and brilliant strategic mind is the key to our success on the field. He is no doubt on his way to the Hall of Fame and we are fortunate to have him lead our team."
"There is no place I'd rather be than right here in San Francisco with the Giants. I couldn't have a better situation," said Bochy. "I am extremely proud to be a part of this great franchise and I look forward to continuing to work with everyone in the organization to build on the success of the last several years."
Baer also announced that Sabean has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations. He is responsible for managing all aspects of the Giants' baseball department, including the immediate and long-term development of the major and minor league systems and the team's growing scouting and international operations.
Giants Vice President and Assistant GM Bobby Evans has been named senior vice president and general manager and will manage the day to day operations of the baseball department. Entering his 22nd season with the Giants, Evans assists Sabean in all Major League and amateur contract negotiations, player acquisitions via trade or free agency and all areas of major and minor league operations.
"We all recognize the complexity of today's game and that player acquisition and development is its lifeblood. This new structure allows us to respond to this dynamic, while ensuring consistency and quality control throughout the organization," continued Sabean. "Bobby and I have worked together for more than two decades, and he has excelled at every aspect of his job. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to handle the daily activities of baseball operations."
"Given the growth of the game around the world, the Giants need to organize our baseball department in a way that allows us to take full advantage of all the opportunities that come our way -- whether it be internationally, the amateur draft, free agency, trades or through our own player development," continued Baer. "Nobody has a better eye for talent and strategic vision than Brian Sabean. This structure will allow Brian to focus his attention on the big picture and long term future of the team."
In a related move, the Giants named Jeremy Shelley vice president and assistant general manager, pro scouting and player evaluation. He joins John Barr and Dick Tidrow as one of three assistant general managers. Shelley, who also enters his 22nd season with the Giants, oversees the pro scouting at the major and minor league levels. He also works closely with Evans on the day to day operations of the department and provides support in statistical analysis, amateur scouting and international operations.
"I want to congratulate Jeremy on this well-deserved promotion," added Sabean. "He is a rising star in our industry and plays an integral role in our department. Our deep bench in the baseball operations department has been critical to our success as a franchise."
Sabean Biographical Information
Sabean is currently the longest tenured general manager in baseball. Since 1997, when he assumed the GM reins, the Giants have won three World Championships (2010, 2012, 2014), four National League pennants (2002, 2010, 2012, 2014), five NL West Division flags (1997, 2000, 2003, 2010 and 2012), two Wild Card entries (2002, 2014) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998, while posting a 1,556-1,358-1 (.534) mark during that 18-year span. This winning percentage is sixth overall in MLB, the third best in the National League and best in the NL West Division during Sabean's tenure. In addition, under Sabean, the Giants are one of only three teams in the Major Leagues that have been to the World Series four-or-more times since 1997 (also: Cardinals, four times and Yankees, six times) and are third in the National League with seven post-season appearances in that span.
In his 23rd year with the organization, and 30th season as a baseball front office executive, the 58 year old Sabean was honored as the 2010 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by the Boston Chapter of the BBWAA. He was tabbed with the same honor by both The Sporting News and Baseball America in 2003. In 2012, he was named Baseball America's Executive of the Year as he stewarded the Giants to their second World Series Championship in his tenure as General Manager.
Recently under Sabean's watch, the Giants' organization has received prestigious awards, being named the Topps Organization of the Year in both 2009 and 2011 and the Baseball America Organization of the Year in 2010. These awards are given to Major League teams that show outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor league teams.
Bochy Biographical Information
Two-time National League Manager of the Year, Bochy was named the 38th manager in Giants franchise history, and 16th in San Francisco annals on Oct. 27, 2006.
He guided the Giants to three World Championships in the last five seasons (2010, 2012, 2014) and is one of 10 managers to win at least three World Series titles...the other nine are all in the Hall of Fame. In 2014, Bochy became just the fifth manager to lead a team to three titles in a five year span, joining Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre. He is the second manager in Giants franchise history to win three World Series Championships, joining John McGraw (1905, 1921, 1922).
Bochy's 1,618 victories are the highest total by an active manager and he ranks 18th on the all-time list. He has compiled a 1,618-1,604 (.502) career ledger in 20 seasons as a ML skipper and he currently leads active managers in consecutive years managed (20).
The Giants have never lost a postseason series in Bochy's tenure...he has now won 10 straight postseason rounds since 2010, the second-longest streak ever by a manager, trailing only Joe Torre's 11 straight with the Yankees from 1998-2001.
During his eight year tenure, the Giants have posted a 667-629 (.515) record. He was named NL Manager of the Year by the BBWAA in 1996 and was honored as league's top skipper by The Sporting News in both 1996 and 1998.
Evans Biographical Information
Evans begins his 22nd season in the Giants baseball operations department. As a valued member of the Giants' brain trust, Evans has had an integral role in helping the organization win three World Series titles in the past five seasons (2010, 2012, 2014) and has helped the organization be named the Topps Organization of the Year in both 2009 and 2011 and the Baseball America Organization of the Year in 2010.
Evans worked closely with Brian Sabean in contract negotiations for record setting deals with Matt Cain and Buster Posey. He has also helped the GM negotiate extensions with Madison Bumgarner and Hunter Pence; keeping the core of the club in a Giants' uniform. In addition, he oversees the signing of the organization's top picks in the annual First-Year Player Draft.
In 2012, Evans received the Bowie Kuhn Award, which is presented annually at the Baseball Winter Meetings (since 1984) to an individual, team or organization who demonstrates support of the chapel program in professional baseball.
Evans is a 1991 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was the recipient of the John Motley Morehead Scholarship Award. He first joined San Francisco in 1994 as Administrative Assistant, Minor Leagues. Prior to joining the Giants, Evans served as an administrator in the Commissioner's Office in New York. During his three-year tenure there, he worked in baseball operations and assisted with compliance to the PBA. While in college, Evans interned with the Boston Red Sox in the player development and scouting departments during the summer of 1989.