Giants reassign long-time pitching coach Dave Righetti, other staffers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco Giants have reassigned longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti from manager Bruce Bochy’s field staff to special assistant to the general manager, working under Bobby Evans.

The club announced Righetti’s role change to the front office Saturday, along with bullpen coach Mark Gardner moving into a special assignment job assisting in pitching evaluations. Assistant hitting coach Steve Decker is now a special assistant in baseball operations.

San Francisco went 64-98 for a last-place finish in the NL West and avoided the franchise’s first 100-loss season since 1985 during the final weekend of the regular season. The Giants, long defined by dominant pitching, had a 16th-ranked 4.50 team ERA and missed ace Madison Bumgarner for nearly three months after a dirt bike accident in Colorado. Right-hander Johnny Cueto also missed significant time on the disabled list with various injuries.

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