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Candid Cam: Will Clark as Giants' skipper?

Candid Cam: Will Clark as Giants' skipper?
The Giants just sent word there'll be an announcement Wednesday morning regarding former first baseman Will Clark.

It looks like Will "The Thrill" is coming home to San Francisco in some capacity. If that indeed happens, it's another positive chapter in how the Giants embrace their past stars.

So is Will going to replace lame-duck manager Bruce Bochy or lame-duck general manager Brian Sabean?

Sorry, I can't help but dream that he'd come back in such a visible role. More likely, he might be helping out in spring training as a roving instructor and perhaps sticking around as a consultant or scout. Or maybe the Giants just want to announce he'll be serving up garlic fries at the home opener. Who knows?

But how great would it be to see Clark as skipper and bring back Roger Craig's "Humm Baby" mentality? That sure would attract fans to the ballpark (as well as the manager's obligatory pre-game radio show).

Why the Giants have stuck with Bochy is beyond me, especially from a marketing standpoint. Under Bochy, the Giants went 72-90 last season and finished fourth, a tiny improvement over his 2007 showing (71-91, fifth place).

That said, the Giants are in the throws of the post-Barry Bonds era, so give Bochy credit for keeping the Giants somewhat watchable last season. He's a good Baseball man, and a nice guy. He's not a fraud. Nor does have a tell-all book about Barry Bonds (but maybe Joe Torre can give him tips on doing one).

Bill Neukom, the Giants' managing general partner and chief executive officer, also will be part of Wednesday's media conference call, so maybe this is more powerful an announcement than some ceremonial fluff about a returning star.

Maybe not. It's fun to dream, especially if Giants fans have exhausted those fantasies of Manny Ramirez coming to San Francisco on the cheap.

Giants fans would probably settle for Clark just showing up at AT&T Park every day to relive how he became the 1989 National League Championship Series MVP.

We'll find out soon enough what Clark will be doing for the Giants, who drafted him in the first round in 1985 and, from 1986-93, enjoyed his sweet swing and swagger during their trip back to National League West contention.

Clark played his final seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals. He's spent the past couple years working in various capacities with the Arizona Diamondbacks, as well as the Cardinals.

Keep an eye on Giants beat writer Andrew Baggarly's blog for updates (

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Added: January 29, 2009

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