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Giants manager search down to three finalists

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John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants’ managerial search is down to three finalists: Gabe Kapler, Joe Espada, and Matt Quatraro. Shea says that, at present, it’s not at all clear if any of them is favored.

Kapler, of course, served as the Phillies’ manager in 2018 and 2019. Espada is the Astros’ bench coach. Quatraro is the Rays’ bench coach. Team president Farhan Zaidi worked with Kapler in Los Angeles so familiarity is obviously the primary consideration there. The other two, in all likelihood, because of their status as bench coaches in two successful organizations. See, also: the last two World Series-winning managers — Alex Cora and Dave Martinez — getting their jobs after serving as bench coaches on recent World Series-winning teams.

There should be a new Giants manager named soon.

Oakland Athletics reverse course: will continue to pay minor leaguers

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.

The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.