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Giants have asked Astros permission to interview coach for managerial opening [report]

© Peter Aiken | 2018 Jun 15

The names just keep rolling in.

Continuing the theme of young assistant coaches, the Giants have reportedly reached out to the Astros, currently playing in the ALCS, for permission to interview bench coach, Joe Espada, for their vacant managerial position, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Espada, 44, is a hot commodity, and is reportedly garnering a significant amount of interest from the Cubs as well, after their recent dismissal of Joe Maddon.

Espada began his post-playing career as a third-base coach with the Miami Marlins, before ironically taking a job with the New York Yankees (the team the Astros are currently playing in the ALCS) as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman in 2014. He was eventually promoted to third-base coach with the Yankees as well, before taking a job with the Astros in 2018.

In addition to interviewing internal candidates and assistant coaches Hensley Mulens and Ron Wotus, the club has also reportedly spoken with A’s quality control coach Mark Kotsay and Royals quality control coach Pedro Grifol, according to Ken Rosenthal. They are also going to interview recently fired Phillies manager Gabe Kapler according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, former Padres outfielder and current Cubs first-base coach Will Venable, former catcher and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro.


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