Ron Wotus will begin his 31st year within the Giants organization and his 21st on the Major League coaching staff. Wotus, who joined the Giants' staff as a third-base coach in 1998, is the longest-tenured coach in franchise history. He has worked under Dusty Baker, Felipe Alou and since the 2007 season, Bruce Bochy. In 2018, Wotus will handle the third base coaching duties after having been the team's bench coach for the past 19 seasons. He will continue to oversee infield instruction, positioning and strategy and will work with the players on baserunning.
Wotus is one of just six individuals since 1900 to serve as a Giants coach for at least 10 years, joining Mark Gardner (15 years, 2003-2017), Larry Jansen (12 years, 1954 and 1961-71), Bob Lillis (11 years, 1986-96), Dave Righetti (18 years, 2000-2017) and Wes Westrum (10 years, 1958-63 and 1968-71).
He has worked with four players that have won NL Gold Gloves under his watch: J.T. Snow (1999, 2000), Omar Vizquel (2005, 2006), Brandon Crawford (2015, 2016, 2017) and Joe Panik (2016).
Wotus coached at Class A Clinton (Iowa) in 1990 before managing in San Francisco's minor league system for seven years from 1991-97. His clubs, ranging from Class A to triple-A, reached the playoffs in every year but one. He was twice named Manager of the Year, while posting an overall record of 554-412 (.574). Wotus was the manager of the single-A San Jose Giants (1991-92), the double-A Shreveport Captains (1993-95) and tripleA Phoenix Firebirds (1996-97). He was named California League Manager of the Year in 1991 after leading San Jose to a 92-44 record. In 1997, he was named Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year after the Firebirds finished 88-55, winning 41 of their final 51 games. Wotus became the Giants third base coach in 1998 under manager Dusty Baker and served as bench coach from 1999-2017 under Baker, Felipe Alou and Bruce Bochy.
The Connecticut native has been in professional baseball for just about his entire adult life. The Pirates selected him in the 16th round in 1979 and he enjoyed an 11-year professional career, including parts of the 1983 and 1984 seasons with Pittsburgh. A middle infielder, Wotus went 12-for-58 in parts of two seasons with the Pirates. He made his Major League debut on Sept. 3, 1983 in Atlanta and recorded his first big league hit, a single, off the Dodgers' Orel Hershiser at Los Angeles on July 4, 1984. His final two seasons as a player came with the Giants' triple-A affiliate in Phoenix in 1988 and 1989.
Wotus graduated from Bacon (Colchester, CT) Academy in 1979. He and his wife, Laurie, reside in Pleasant Hill, CA.