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Friday BP: Assistant pitching coach Ethan Katz is moving on

Katz is heading to Chicago to join the White Sox staff.

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MLB: San Francisco Giants-Media Day Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Hello and happy Friday.

On Thursday, the San Francisco Giants extensive coaching staff took a hit, as it was reported that assistant pitching coach Ethan Katz was leaving the Giants to join the Chicago White Sox staff.

Why someone would want to go coach with Tony La Russa is beyond me, but as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman notes in the embedded tweet, Katz was the coach at Harvard-Westlake High School in North Hollywood, where he coached Lucas Giolito, the White Sox young ace. Perhaps that connection pulled him to Chicago, or perhaps he was simply given a better coaching offer.

Either way, it’s apparent that the Giants coaching staff opened eyes this year, and I would expect this type of thing to become fairly common.

Old, random MCC article for you to read

Gabe Kapler announces most of his major league coaching staff (Dec. 11, 2019 — Bryan Murphy)

Giants links

How many days until Opening Day?

There are 139 days until Opening Day.

Have a great Friday, all of you.