Longtime Giants coach Ron Wotus remains with the team as a special assistant

The longest-serving coach in Giants history has promised he won’t go away, and the organization made it official on Wednesday.

The Giants announced that Ron Wotus will remain with the organization as Special Assistant in Baseball Operations in 2022, his 35th year with the organization.

Wotus announced last August that he would be stepping down as third baseman coach, but he said at the time that he wanted to stay with the organization in some capacity. Both Farhan Zaidi and Gabe Kapler have said they want Wotus to continue working with players and coaches and will find a role for him.

The new work is in some ways similar to the old one. Wotus, 60, will serve as a mentor to the coaching staff — a big reason Kapler brought him back when he took over in 2019 — and will also work with major and minor league players. He will work with minor league coaches and provide on-field instruction at all levels.

The plan is for Wotus to attend spring training (whenever it starts) and also visit minor league affiliates during the season. As a former minor league manager, as well as an on-field coach who has worked with players like Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt and Joe Panik, Wotus should be able to make a particularly big impact at the minor league level.

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Wotus spent 24 seasons on the big league coaching staff at San Francisco and worked for four different managers. He was the sole survivor when Kapler appointed his new staff, taking the job as third base coach at a time when he was considering jobs with the Mets and Cubs.

Wotus interviewed several times for management positions but always ended up in San Francisco, where he won three titles and worked for Kapler, Bruce Bochy, Felipe Alou and Dusty Baker.

“I wouldn’t have it any other way, honestly,” he said in August. “A few times I didn’t know if I would be back and I also had the opportunity to leave, but my heart was always with the Giants. I think it’s special. I’m quite loyal as a individual and I think it’s much more rewarding to be with one organization.”

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