It is Official: Bochy Will Manage Giants

After interviewing with potential candidates for the vacant manager's job, the Giants have made the first step in making what looks to be a brand new team for 2007.

This was the biggest buzz going around after the Giants departed with Felipe Alou. Brian Sabean finally found his guy.

Bruce Bochy was signed to a 3-year deal, which totals to over $6 million. He was due to make $1.9 million with the Padres next season.

This move may seem sudden for most, but the Giants only had 7 days to come to an agreement with Bochy because he is still under contract with the Padres. However, when Padres' GM Kevin Towers gave the okay for the Giants to meet with Bochy, Sabean didn't hesitate to pull the trigger.

"Bruce is someone who we have admired from across the field for the last twelve years and I'm excited that he's on our side now," Sabean told AP. "He's the right man to lead the Giants into the future."

Other candidates that the Giants have interviewed for the job were Giants' bench coach Ron Wotus, Los Angeles Angels' pitching coach Bud Black and New York Mets' third base coach Manny Acta. None had the key quality Sabean was looking for, which was experience managing in the Majors.

"The Giants are the only team that could have gotten me to leave San Diego," Bochy said in a statement. "I have admired the Giants from afar for many years while I was with the Padres, and I can't tell you how exciting it will be to play in front of a full house at this beautiful ballpark."

Announcements such as this and other signings are usually frowned upon by the MLB, but since Bochy is flying to Japan to manage a MLB All-Star team, the Giants are excused.



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