San Francisco Giants President and incoming CEO Larry Baer today announced that the team has extended the contracts for Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean and Field Manager Bruce Bochy through the 2013 season with club options for 2014. Terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
"Brian and Bruce are certainly two of the finest professionals at their respective positions in all of baseball. They have effectively built and fostered a winning tradition at all levels of our organization. I have no doubt that they will achieve continued success for the Giants in the coming years and beyond," said Baer.
Sabean, 55, is currently in his 16th year at the helm of the Giants. During his tenure, the Giants have captured five post season berths, including two World Series appearances.
Under his leadership, the Giants have won the World Series (2010), two National League pennants (2002 and 2010), four NL West Division flags (1997, 2000, 2003 and 2010), been a Wild Card entry (2002) and forced a Wild Card tie-breaker game with Chicago in 1998, while posting a 1,298-1,130-1 (.534) mark during that 15-year span.
The New Hampshire native assembled the team's first world championship since 1954 in 2010 by building a team around a homegrown pitching staff and a line up comprised of veteran and young talent. With a renewed commitment to building through player development, an improved farm system and one of the most effective runs of drafting, the Giants were named the 2010 Baseball America Organization of the Year.
Sabean's 15 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 is currently the longest tenured general manager 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 the 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.
One of baseball's most qualified and experienced managers, Bochy recently completed his 17th-consecutive year as a big league manager. He currently ranks third among active big league skippers for wins and is 27th on the all-time list. During his five-year tenure with the Giants, the team has posted a 409-401 (.505) record.
Bochy, 56, became the sixth manager to guide at least two different National League franchises to World Series appearances and he became the fourth Giants skipper to win a title, joining John McGraw (1905, 1921-22), Bill Terry (1933) and Leo Durocher (1954).
The winningest manager in San Diego history, Bochy spent 12 years at the helm of the Padres, compiling a 951-975 (.494) career mark while leading the 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, California 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 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.