San Francisco-The longest-term coach in the history of the San Francisco Giants will leave the court at the end of the 2021 season.
Ron Wattus became the third base coach of the Giants under Dusty Baker in 1998, and will take on a new role in the organization next year, as the club announced that the 2021 season will be Wattus’s The last full-time coach.
Wotus has worked under Baker, Felipe Alou, Bruce Bochy, and now Gabe Kapler, and is generally respected by ownership, front office supervisors, and especially Giants players within the organization.
“It has been the honor of my life to work for the greatest baseball organization for 34 years,” Wattus said in a press release. “I never thought I would have my own career-coached four World Series, coached locals like Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt Players and watch them develop into the best players. They are the reason you coach.”
Prior to coaching in the major leagues, Wattus was a minor league manager for the Giants from 1991 to 1997. Before joining Baker’s staff, he led the singles San Jose, doubles Shreveport and the top three Phoenix city.
After making his first appearance as a third base coach among Baker’s staff, Wattus transitioned to the role of a substitute coach in 1999 and remained in that position until the end of the 2017 season.
Wattus is the only member of Bosch’s last coaching staff in San Francisco to remain under Kappler. Kappler was hired in November 2019 to replace the three-time World Series champion manager. Wattus, who was interviewed for the manager position, and Giants receiver Buster Posey, both attended the introductory press conference held by Kappler in Oracle Park.
“We are all very grateful to Ron for his contribution to the Giants-both on and off the court,” said Fahan Zaidi, the Giants president of baseball operations, in a press release. “Ron has had a lasting impact on countless players during his 34 years, and his dedication to his craft is second to none.”