Matt Herges will embark on his second season as San Francisco's bullpen coach. The 48-year-old will work closely with the relief pitchers and oversee their warmups and daily preparation. He will also be responsible for series advance analysis.
Prior to 2018, Herges worked the previous seven seasons within the Dodgers' minor league chain and most recently was the triple-A pitching coach for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 2016 and 2017. During his time on the Dodgers' staff he helped instruct Jharel Cotton (now with the Oakland A's), Chris Anderson (first round pick by the Dodgers in the 2013 draft) and Dodgers' highlytouted prospect Julio Urias. Herges' previous stops in the Dodgers' chain included one season with double-A Tulsa, one season with the rookie-level AZL Dodgers and three seasons with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.
Herges pitched in parts of 11 big league seasons, including three with the Giants from 2003-05. He posted a record of 43-35 with 34 saves and a 3.91 ERA in 567 games (four starts) with Los Angeles-NL (1999-2001), Montreal (2002), San Diego (2003), San Francisco (2003-05), Arizona (2005), Florida (2006), Colorado (2007-08, 2009) and Cleveland (2009).
Herges was the primary setup man during his three-year stint with San Francisco, but also recorded 23 saves in 2004 when he filled in at closer for an injured Robb Nen. He pitched in a total of 118 games for the Giants, going 6-6 with a 4.30 ERA.
Herges graduated from Centennial High School in Illinois before playing collegiate baseball at Illinois State University. Matt and his wife, Jane, have two sons, Tyler John (Nov. 9, 2002) and Bryce Matthew (May 1, 2006), and one daughter, Julia Taylor (Sept. 24, 2004).