SAN FRANCISCO–The Giants still have to play out the final two-plus weeks of the season, but they’ll do so without strength and conditioning coach Carl Kochan.
Kochan was relieved of his duties prior to the Giants’ weekend series against the Colorado Rockies, according to a source. NBC Sports Bay Area first reported the news of Kochan’s dismissal.
Kochan was preparing to finish his seventh season with the Giants, but became the first member of the major league staff to lose his job. A source said the Giants anticipate more changes at various levels of the organization this offseason, but it’s unclear why Kochan was not allowed to remain with the club through the end of the regular season.
Team CEO Larry Baer said Thursday on KNBR that the Giants plan to ‘shake it up’ this winter and that includes adjusting the core of a roster that’s headed for a second consecutive losing season.
After the Giants posted a 68-68 record through their first 136 games, the team has suffered a San Francisco-era record 11 consecutive defeats which has forced the organization to reevaluate where it stands heading into the offseason.
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The extended losing streak during the first half of September has left many members of the organization concerned about their job security.
As the Giants took the field to stretch Friday, assistant strength and conditioning coach Saul Martinez led the warmup.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports