Field boss, general manager rewarded for world championships

  • San Francisco Giants coach Bruce Bochy, left, and general manager Brian Sabean answer questions during a media conference, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in San Francisco. The Giants have signed Sabean and Bochy to three-year contracts that will keep them with the club through the 2016 season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO — The brains behind two of the last three World Series titles plan to stick together for at least another four seasons.

The San Francisco Giants extended the contracts of general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through the 2016 season Thursday night, bringing even more stability to a franchise that has counted on continuity during its recent run of success. Both had previous deals set to expire after this summer before the Giants exercised their 2014 options in December.

"The glory days of the franchise are now," Giants President and CEO Larry Baer said before the opener of the Bay Bridge Series against the Oakland Athletics began at AT&T Park. "I think it's important to acknowledge that and pay tribute to the people who have done it, from the general manager's office to the manager's office, to get us where we are now."

San Francisco has come a long way the past three years.

In 2010, the Giants made an improbable run to the franchise's first title since 1954 — and first since moving from New York in 1958 — when Sabean assembled a collection of self-described "misfits and castoffs." Bochy blended the talent together perfectly, beating the Texas Rangers in five games that fall.

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