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Giants reassign pitching coach Dave Righetti, other staffers

From FOX Sports - October 21, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)The San Francisco Giants have reassigned longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti from manager Bruce Bochys field staff to special assistant to the general manager, working under Bobby Evans.

The club announced Righettis role change to the front office Saturday, along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner moving into a special assignment job assisting in pitching evaluations. Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker is now a special assistant in baseball operations.

Evans said the club is interviewing for a pitching coach and hitting coach. He said it was too soon to say whether hitting coach Hensley Meulens would remain in his role but that at least one hitting coach position is open with Decker being reassigned.

Ultimately a change for us in the clubhouse is really an opportunity just to put a new voice with our pitching staff and try to keep pushing to the heights that we aspire as an organization and a club, Evans said. Changes sometimes are needed as much for the sake of that new voice as anything. That was really the priority here. Change can be for the good of both your staff and your players sometimes. This is certainly not going to eliminate Dave Righettis voice in this organization, in some ways it may even enlarge his voice, but it gives the players a daily perspective on perhaps new ways to approach the game or new ways to approach their work.

Righettis 18 years as pitching coach marked the longest run in the position in San Francisco history. He was one of only five Giants coaches since 1900 with at least 10 years on the staff.

San Francisco went 64-98 for a last-place finish in the NL West and avoided the franchises first 100-loss season since 1985 during the final weekend of the regular season. The Giants, long defined by dominant pitching, had a 16th-ranked 4.50 team ERA and lost ace Madison Bumgarner for nearly three months after his dirt bike accident in Colorado. Right-hander Johnny Cueto also was out for significant time on the disabled list with various injuries.

The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 12 and 14making this season all the more shocking given a roster that looked as if it could contend coming out of spring training.

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