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Monday, September 30, 2019

Universally Respected, Bruce Bochy Retires as a Future Hall of Famer After 25 Years

With his John Wayne gait, push-broom mustache and basso profundo voice, 6-foot-3 Bruce Bochy cut an imposing figure as a big league manager. It was a humorous lie. The truth and the magic of Bochy were in the deftness of his touch, be it acquiring the deepest trust from his players or wringing the slightest advantage out of a baseball game. Every one of his players were the better for knowing Bochy was on his side—before, during and after games.

Only Connie Mack and Bochy held down a big-league managing job for 25 uninterrupted years—and Mack owned the team for which he worked for 50 years, the Philadelphia A’s. Bochy’s run with San Diego (1995-2006) and San Francisco (2007-19) ended on his own terms. At age 64, Bochy enters his final game with a 2003–2028 record—but 44-33 (.571) in the postseason, when he did his best work. He does so as a future Hall of Famer and, along with predecessors such as John McGraw, Casey Stengel and Earl Weaver, a rare managerial brand.

Padres general manager Randy Smith considered no other candidates when he hired Bochy, then 39 and the team’s third-base coach, as his manager. Smith wanted “someone who could handle a pitching staff,” and called Bochy “the best managerial prospect in the game.” That scouting report was prescient.

Bochy won the most games in San Diego and San Francisco, and is the only man to bring the World Series to San Diego and the title to San Francisco. The man who once wrote a book about taking walks made his reputation mostly on the wisdom of his 11,783 ambling, teetering trips to the mound to change pitchers.

Earlier today, I watched the Bochy retirement ceremony after the game- quite something to see, especially for those of you who wanted to see former Cy Young winners get in trouble with the FCC.

 

QLE Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:43 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, retirement

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Kelley either with Rangers in ‘20 or retires

ARLINGTON—The Rangers have a $2.5 million option on veteran reliever Shawn Kelley. He is hoping they will pick it up.

If not, Kelley said he will retire.

“If they pick me up, I would love to come back and do another year,” Kelley said. “If not, I will drift off to the sunset. I’ll either play here next year or retire.”

Kelley is finishing his 11th season and has pitched in 486 games. He has worked through a variety of injuries, including two Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgeries. He went on the injured list twice this season, once for a bacterial infection in his throat that required surgery to have benign lumps removed.

I hope that Kelley’s goal is to retire, because, if it isn’t, this feels like something that could backfire fairly badly…..

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 03:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, retirement, shawn kelley

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Even rivals raise a toast as Giants’ Bruce Bochy tries to finish strong

LOS ANGELES — From an antagonist, the most one can ask for is a real game, an honest effort, the sort of spirited opposition that draws an ounce or two of blood from one’s own ambitions. It’s just more fun, more interesting, that way. It lasts.

And so Bruce Bochy on Friday night trudged from the dugout on the first-base side at Dodger Stadium to an easel behind home plate. His friend, Dave Roberts, who’d played some outfield for him more than a decade ago, greeted him and slid a blue cloth from the easel, revealing a framed and autographed Sandy Koufax jersey. Bochy, as a kid, had loved Koufax and reveres him still.

The crowd cheered politely and even offered a mild “Bruuuuuce,” though that’s an assumption. Bochy whispered into Roberts’ ear.

“Bruce just told me,” Roberts said into a microphone, “if Tommy Lasorda was presenting the gift, he wouldn’t be getting a gift.”

Best wishes for Bochy as retirement approaches.

 

QLE Posted: September 08, 2019 at 12:27 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, retirement

Friday, July 26, 2019

Tulowitzki, grateful to live ‘my dream,’ retires

BOSTON—New York Yankees infielder Troy Tulowitzki announced his retirement Thursday in a statement released through the team.

“For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball player ... to wear a big league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans,” Tulowitzki said in the statement. “I will forever be grateful for every day that I’ve had to live out my dream. It has been an absolute honor.

“I will always look back with tremendous gratitude for having the privilege of playing as long as I did. There is no way to truly express my gratitude to the fans of Colorado, Toronto and New York. They always made my family and I feel so welcome.”

Tulowitzki, 34, played just five games this season—his first with the Yankees—before suffering a strained left calf April 3.

 

QLE Posted: July 26, 2019 at 07:40 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: retirement, troy tulowitzki

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Transformation of Alex Rodriguez (SI)

This January, Rodriguez spent two weeks as a guest speaker in lecturer Allison Kluger’s class on strategic pivoting and reputation management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. “From crisis comes a decisive moment,” says Kluger. “You can make the moment work for you, or you can crawl into a hole and wait for something else to come. Alex didn’t wait.”

Rodriguez did SoulCycle with the class’s 25 students, and ordered them all a Chipotle dinner (although, as a health nut, he didn’t himself eat a burrito). The highlight of the course, most agreed, was when he narrated his own crisis, though he didn’t get into exactly what substances he ingested or injected, or when or why; he’s never done that, publicly. Even so, all 25 course evaluations offered raves. “Alex’s superpower is his storytelling,” wrote one student. “He was able to engage and connect with every student.”

 


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Beltré missing baseball less than he thought after 21 years

DALLAS (AP) — Adrián Beltré was afraid of how he was going to feel after announcing his retirement last November, a decision the former third baseman had pretty much reached privately a few months earlier during the season.

While at peace after 21 MLB seasons and 3,166 hits, Beltré still wasn’t sure what to expect when the Texas Rangers went to spring training, or when they opened this season without him.

“I thought I was going to miss it more, but I’m good,” Beltre said Wednesday. “So far it’s been good, so hopefully stays that way.”

Beltre’s appearance at the SMU Athletic Forum came about 3½ weeks before he will be back in Texas when the Rangers retire his No. 29 jersey on June 8.

There’s something to be said about being willing to completely quit something when the time has come.

QLE Posted: May 16, 2019 at 04:03 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: adrian beltre, retirement

Saturday, May 11, 2019

James Loney retires

James Loney has announced his retirement from baseball at the age of 35. Loney had been playing for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

Loney’s best full season probably came in 2011 when he hit .288/.339/.416 with 12 homers for the Dodgers. In his first two years in the bigs — partial seasons in 2006 and 2007 — he broke out with a line of .321/.372/.543 with 19 homers and 85 RBI in 144 games.  He would never match that initial promise, but he was a fixture at first base for L.A. for the following four seasons.

QLE Posted: May 11, 2019 at 04:54 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: james loney, retirement

Monday, May 06, 2019

Report: Jake Peavy retires

Right-hander Jake Peavy has retired from Major League Baseball, per recent reports from Scott Miller of Bleacher Report and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Peavy told Miller that he has abandoned any comeback plans in 2019, though it looks like he still intends to be involved in baseball at some point.

It’s been nearly three years since the 37-year-old righty made any kind of official appearance in the majors. After getting his start with the Padres in 2002, he played multi-season gigs with the White Sox, Red Sox, and Giants, compiling a cumulative 3.63 ERA, 2,207 strikeouts, and 44.1 fWAR across 15 years in the league. His most memorable performance came during the Padres’ 2007 campaign, when he commanded a 19-6 record with a league-best 2.54 ERA, 240 strikeouts, and a 2.84 FIP through 223 1/3 innings — numbers so crisp that they merited a second career All-Star nomination, seventh place in NL MVP voting, and Peavy’s first and only NL Cy Young Award.

Mind you, with the free agent market being what it has lately, this really isn’t any sort of surprise….

QLE Posted: May 06, 2019 at 04:33 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: jake peavy, retirement

 

 

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