A's coach reportedly candidate for Giants manager
An Oakland A's coach is reportedly being eyed as a possible candidate to succeed Bruce Bochy as the next manager of the San Francisco Giants.
Citing an unnamed source, NBC Sports Bay Area reported Wednesday that Athletics quality control coach Mark Kotsay, who spent 17 years playing outfield for several Major League teams including four with Oakland, is expected to be interviewed for the job this week.
During the American League Wild Card game last week, San Francisco Chronicle baseball writer John Shea talked to Kotsay about scuttlebutt linking him to the Giants job.
"Managing a team would interest me, for sure," Kotsay told Shea. "This is priority No. 1 here (with the A's). When the time comes, if I get that opportunity to be part of the process, I'd definitely be open to that."
Kotsay, who is reputedly a sharp strategist and excellent communicator, has a tie to Farhan Zaidi, the Giants' president of baseball operations. He was playing in Oakland when Zaidi started as a baseball operations analyst.
Zaidi has already interviewed longtime Bochy lieutenants Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus. He has said he will talk to at least six candidates outside the organization.
Before he became Oakland's quality control coach, Kotsay served as hitting coach in San Diego and bench coach for the A's.
Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.