Giants extend Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean through 2016 

click to enlarge The San Francisco Giants extended general manager Brian Sabean, right, and manager Bruce Bochy's contracts through 2016. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
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  • The San Francisco Giants extended general manager Brian Sabean, right, and manager Bruce Bochy's contracts through 2016.

The Giants announced Thursday they have extended both general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through the 2016 season.

Sabean has been with the Giants organization since 1993, including 17 years as general manager. During his time at the helm, the Giants have been to three World Series and won the NL West five times.

“Brian has been the architect of one of the most successful periods in franchise history,” Giants president and CEO Larry Baer said. “He is a brilliant strategist who surrounds himself with some of the brightest minds in baseball — with Bruce Bochy topping that list.”

The 2013 campaign will be Bochy’s seventh season as manager for the Giants. He has been in the dugout for two World Series championships. Prior to joining the Giants, he led the San Diego Padres to four NL West crowns on his way to becoming that club’s all-time wins leader as manager.

“In my opinion, Bruce is the best manager in the game today and is on his way to a Hall of Fame career,” Sabean said. “Bruce’s ability to communicate with his players, his outstanding coaching staff and the front office, as well as his ability to brilliantly manage a game sets him apart from the rest.”

Baer said keeping the tandem together was an important part of the decision.

“What is very meaningful to me and all of us is to see the way they operate together,” Baer said. “They work and fight hard in their minds to come up with the right solutions to make the club successful. And then the other piece that I think is so valuable is the way they work with their staffs. They put outstanding people around them and drive them to successful outcomes.”

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