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Giants briefly have new first-base coach to ‘reward’ ex-farmhand



Bruce Bochy. Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports

In a busy season of Giants transactions, the latest call-up is a bit different.

Antoan Richardson, a minor league field coordinator and former Giants farmhand, will be the first-base coach for Friday’s series-opener against the Brewers at Oracle Park.

Regular first-base coach Jose Alguacil is off attending his son’s graduation, and the Giants thought they would use the opportunity to give Richardson a look.

“When these guys on my staff have to leave for some reason, [we] try to bring guys up who can help out but also reward them,” manager Bruce Bochy said before the game. “Been working hard down there with our kids. Give them a little break.”

Richardson, from the Bahamas, was a 2005 draft pick of the Giants and spent several seasons in the organization. He eventually played in 22 major league games with the Braves and Yankees. He retired following the 2016 season and spent last year with the Blue Jays as an outfield coordinator.

Bochy was happy with his company for Warriors-Raptors Game 6, but it would be understandable if he weren’t happy with his location.

“I actually was going to go to the game,” Bochy said a day after Toronto’s Finals-deciding victory to close out Oracle Arena. “But my youngest flew up, brought my granddaughter up and my other son here. So we had a family get-together.”

Turns out 12 people would have been more difficult to accommodate with tickets. Instead, Bochy watched with his family on TV.

“Great game, wasn’t it?” he said. “Still amazing what the Warriors have done.”