Thursday, October 09, 2014

Bochy is the MAN

Well, that's what Jonah Keri concludes on Grantland. It's a fine column that analyzes Bochy's willingness to go with the unorthodox approach. 

I still wish he would not play Juan Perez as much as he does, though 

Anyhow, here's list of the 13 managers who have done at least 20 consecutive seasons --

A complete list of managers who filled out lineup cards for 20 consecutive seasons:

- Connie Mack (50 straight seasons)
- Tony LaRussa (33)
- John McGraw (32)
- Sparky Anderson (26)
- Walter Alston (23)
- Gene Mauch (23)
- Harry Wright (23, if you include the NA)
- Joe Torre (21)
- Bobby Cox (21)
- Joe McCarthy (21)
- Tommy Lasorda (21)
- Bucky Harris (20)
- Bruce Bochy (20)


Anyhow, here's the last 2 grafs of the article --

You can argue that a manager’s most important job is to lead his team through a grueling 162-game schedule, keeping everyone motivated and preventing infighting or out-and-out mutinies.6 That’s a tough trait to isolate and quantify. But Bochy deserves credit for handling all kinds of roster volatility and potential player ego blows over the years, up to and including this year, when he demoted Lincecum and Romo; dealt with season-ending injuries to Matt Cain, Pagan, and Scutaro, and serious injuries to Belt and Mike Morse; handled major turnover in the outfield; and cycled through about 12,000 options at second base before landing on Panik.
That ability to overcome adversity — combined with the data and sheer number of rings he has won — net out something you wouldn’t expect: the conclusion that Bruce Bochy not only has a case as the best manager in the game today, but as one of the greatest of all time. Sounds weird, but it’s true. And that sound you hear is grateful Giants fans hollering in agreement.

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