Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Decker moved up to Fresno

Steve Decker has been promoted to manage the Frenso Grizzlies, which makes me wonder how much longer the Giants will keep Bruce Bochy as manager if the club reverts to being crappy next season. Bruce signed a two-year extension in October with a club option for 2012. I haven't been impressed at all with how he's handled the offense -- with the hacktastic approach leading to one of the worst offenses in memory -- but the pitching staff is certainly making him look like he's at least adequate.

If Jonathan Sanchez starts performing consistently in 2010, maybe I will feel a bit better about Bruce.

The story by Ken Gurnick of is extremely annoying in that it doesn't bother mentioning who the previous Fresno manager was. The Frenso Bee story says it was Dan Rohn, who's gone to manage the Las Vegas 51s. The Bee story is also inept, in that it doesn't note that Vegas clubs is the Dodgers' PCL club.

I barely remember Decker even being a Giant but he got more ABs in 1991 than any other catcher with 238, even though his line was a .206 average, .266 OBP and a .309 SLG. That was the most he ever played during an undistinguished 7-year career. He was the opening day starter that year and went 0-for-2 with 2 walks in a 7-4 loss to the Padres. The first five guys in the lineup -- Robbie Thompson, Willie McGee, The Thrill, Kevin Mitchell and Matt Williams -- seem like a pretty good team. But the bottom of the lineup was Kevin Bass, Decker and Mike Benjamin. The team went 75-87 as the top 5 had pretty decent seasons; The Thrill finished fourth in the MVP race (Terry Pendleton won a completely unjustifiable MVP over Bonds); Trevor Wilson had his best year at 13-11 with a 3.56 ERA; and the new closer, Dave Righetti, saved 24 games. But everyone else was pretty ordinary.


Anonymous 22gigantes said...

Disagree completely. Bochy is a fantastic manager who has consistently put together great pitching staffs wherever he's managed.

When Giants management puts the two recipes together --- great hitting (like the Bonds/Kent days) with great pitching (today's roster) --- watch out! That's a World Series-winning concoction!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Las Vegas is Toronto's AAA affiliate, not the Dodgers'.

9:45 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

You are correct, Anonymous. Vegas was the Dodger affiliate til the end of 2008. I guess I'm blinded by my distaste of all things Dodgers.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

22 Gigantes -- we are going to have to agree to disagree. Bochy must be held at least partly accountable for the awful offensive production of the last 2 years -- particularly continuing to play such non-producers as Rowand, Winn and Renteria while Schierholtz, Lewis and Uribe sat much more than they should have

10:21 AM  

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