The San Francisco Giants have fired general manager Bobby Evans as another losing season draws to a close, according to Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Bobby Evans, the Giants' general manager since 2015, has taken the fall for two consecutive losing seasons. He has been removed as general manager. My initial story: https://t.co/WwkCXILm4Z— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) September 24, 2018
Evans was named general manager before the 2015 season took place, and was immediately under pressure to guide the Giants to more success. They had won three World Series Championships (2010, 2012 and 2014), but have since been mired in mediocrity.
San Francisco missed the playoffs in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Though they made the playoffs in 2016, the Giants bullpen had an infamous meltdown in the NLDS vs. the Chicago Cubs. Little did anyone know that would be the final time this core reached the postseason together.
Evans traded for perennial All-Stars Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria in the offseason, hoping the 2018 Giants could gear up for another shot at a fourth World Championship in the decade.
But injuries to key players such as catcher Buster Posey and pitchers Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner contributed to a second consecutive losing season for the Giants.
And with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks all boasting winning records, the Giants have been stuck in the NL West basement for much of 2018 with the San Diego Padres.
It remains to be seen what other changes the Giants will make in the offseason. Executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean has previously stated he doesn't want to rebuild the team, meaning manager Bruce Bochy is likely safe.
The Giants have limited talent in the farm system, but the front office has never been afraid to up its payroll in order to stay competitive. Perhaps the Giants are big players in the 2019 free agent market, which will include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson and other superstars.
Evans had spent over two decades in the Giants organization, but his firing is just a latest example of how tough the football business can be. Now, we wait and see how the Giants go about their offseason.