Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bochy = Hall of Famer?

John Shea of the SF Chron has a nice long piece on Bochy's career as a manager, which started all the way back in 1989. He asserts that 3 more seasons should get Bruce to the 2,000-win mark as a manager. 

I've always believed that Game 6 of the 2010 NLCS showed him at the top of this managerial game. that was the Jonathan Sanchez meltdown game, where he had to be pulled with no outs in the 3rd.  Here's what happened -- 

 Innings pitched, hits, runs

Jonathan Sanchez 2 3 2

Jeremy Affeldt 2 0 0

Madison Bumgarner 2 3 0

Javier Lopez, W (1-0) 1 0 0

Tim Lincecum, H (1) 0.1 2 0

Brian Wilson, S (5) 1.2 0 0

.  Here's some verbiage for Shea's article --

According to Jack McKeon, Bochy's managing career is just getting started. McKeon was the second-oldest manager in history - at 80, he took over the 2011 Marlins. Now he's eyeing Connie Mack, who managed until age 88.
"I'm just in between jobs," McKeon said. "I'm as sharp at 83 as I was at 53, maybe sharper. (Bochy) has got a long way to go."
McKeon gave Bochy his first managing job, with the Class A Spokane Indians in 1989. Bochy last played in the majors in 1987, and he was a player-coach for Triple-A Las Vegas in 1988. McKeon, the Padres' GM, along with farm director Tom Romenesko figured managing was Bochy's calling.
"He was the perfect guy to have on your ballclub. Great personality, a clubhouse leader even though he wasn't playing," McKeon said. "He wasn't in position to be the No. 1 catcher, and he never bitched or complained. He accepted the role and remained dedicated."


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