3 Managers Giants Should Hire Not Named Gabe Kapler

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 6: Bench Coach Mark Kotsay #7 of the Oakland Athletics stands in the dugout during the game against the Detroit Tigers at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on May 6, 2017 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Tigers 6-5. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics | Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants said goodbye to a baseball legend this year when manager Bruce Bochy retired at the end of the 2019 season. He finished his tenure with the team as a three-time World Series champion and ended his career as one of just 11 managers with 2,000 career wins. Replacing him will be a tough task, and though Gabe Kapler's name has been tossed around as a possibility, these three guys would be far better suited for the job in San Francisco.

1. Mark Kotsay

OAKLAND, AZ - JUNE 03:  Bench coach Mark Kotsay #7 of the Oakland Athletics in the dugout before the MLB game against the Washington Nationals at Oakland Coliseum on June 3, 2017 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals v Oakland Athletics | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Giants set up an interview with Kotsay, and they would be foolish to not give him serious consideration. He's served as a coach for the Athletics under one of the best managers in all of baseball in Bob Melvin, and former teammates have had nothing but good things to say about him as a baseball mind. Coming from an analytically-driven organization in Oakland, Kotsay could help push the Giants more towards the modern style of the game to help get the most value out of the players on this team.

2. Joe Girardi

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 21:  Greg Bird #33, manager Joe Girardi #28 and Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees look on from the dugout during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros in Game Seven of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 21, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - New York Yankees v Houston Astros - Game Seven | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

If the Giants are looking for a manager with experience and a championship pedigree to replace Bochy, then Girardi should be their go-to guy. As the manager of the Yankees, he won a World Series in 2009 and finished just two seasons with less than 85 wins. While he may be a more likely candidate for the Mets' vacancy, Girardi is the perfect follow-up to Bochy's managerial tendencies and could be a stabilizing presence on a team with an uncertain future.

3. Carlos Beltran

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16:  Carlos Beltrán attends CC Sabathia Celebrity Softball Game at Yankee Stadium on May 16, 2019 in New York City.  (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images)
2019 CC Sabathia Celebrity Softball Game | Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images

Beltran's name has cropped up as one of the more outside-the-box options in this offseason's batch of managerial candidates, and he could be the perfect unlikely fit in San Francisco. In all likelihood, the Giants will be getting younger as a team in the very near future. A fresh and younger face like Beltran might be the right guy to help inspire some hesitant young guys to play up to their potential and start the new era of baseball for the Giants.