Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback



All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Editor - Baseball Primer


Bruce Bochy Newsbeat

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Potential targets in Astros’ managerial search

HOUSTON—The Astros’ search for a manager to replace AJ Hinch will stretch beyond just bench coach Joe Espada, with owner Jim Crane opening up a national search that will include experienced names like Bruce Bochy, Dusty Baker and Buck Showalter.

Espada, Bochy, Baker and Showalter are among the candidates Crane is considering, a source told on Wednesday. Other names on the team’s early list are former Rangers manager Jeff Banister, Cubs third-base coach Will Venable and Dodgers special assistant Raúl Ibañez. KRIV-TV in Houston was the first to report the names.

The Astros are moving quickly in their efforts to replace Hinch, who along with general manager Jeff Luhnow was fired on Monday after MLB had suspended them for one year for their role in the sign-stealing scandal. With only four weeks before pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach, Fla., for the start of Spring Training, time is of the essence. The Astros would like to fill both positions by early February, a source said

The Astros, a source said, are expected to hire a manager before they hire a general manager. Crane said Monday he would run the baseball operations until a new GM can be hired. A source says Crane met with the coaching staff Monday at Minute Maid Park for the first time since Hinch and Luhnow were dismissed.

So, if you were in this position, who would you hire?


Friday, December 13, 2019

Former Padres, Giants manager Bochy to manage French team

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bruce Bochy isn’t quite done managing after all.

Bochy might have just retired after a decorated 25-year career in the dugout with San Diego and San Francisco. But he is already embracing a new challenge: Trying to guide his native France to the next World Baseball Classic in 2021.

The French national team will try to qualify next year for its first WBC. Bochy was born in Landes de Bussac, France, where his father, Gus, was stationed in the U.S. Army. Bochy will have son, Brett — a former Giants minor leaguer — pitching for him and his brother, Joe, on the coaching staff. Bochy was chosen by Didier Seminet, president of the French Federation of Baseball.

Well, when you run out of worlds to conquer at the MLB level, why not try international baseball?


QLE Posted: December 13, 2019 at 12:59 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, french baseball, world baseball classic

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

Sunday, September 29, 2019

LEADING OFF: NL Central down to last day, Maddon future?


The Cubs could announce whether manager Joe Maddon will be back next season. The 65-year-old skipper was set to meet with team boss Theo Epstein on Saturday night to discuss their future together.

Maddon is in his fifth season with Chicago and guided the Cubs to that most elusive World Series crown in 2016. They lost in NL playoffs the past two years and, at 84-77, missed the postseason this year.

For any thoughts that come up about the last day of the season that wouldn’t fit in Omnichatter.


QLE Posted: September 29, 2019 at 12:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, joe maddon, miguel rojas, nl central, rangers

Friday, September 27, 2019

Why Brian Sabean decided to hire Bruce Bochy as Giants manager in 2006

It wasn’t the most celebrated of moves at the time, but Brian Sabean followed his gut and the Giants history was forever altered.

After Felipe Alou retired as Giants manager following the 2006 season, Sabean, then Giants general manager, had to make the decision of who would lead his franchise into their next era. A quick talk with Padres general manager Kevin Towers showed Sabean that the ideal candidate might be available that offseason.

Bruce Bochy had spent 12 years managing the Padres, piloting the team to the 1998 World Series where they lost to the juggernaut New York Yankees. With the Padres undergoing a regime change, Sabean acted to get the guy he wanted to lead the Giants: Bruce Bochy.

“Everybody inside the division going back to when San Diego had a full deck in regards to a major league team, knew this guy was a difference-maker,” Sabean told KNBR’s “Murph & Mac” on Thursday. “If you looked at the ’98 [Padres] team, and the cast of talent and characters on that team, if it hadn’t been for the Yankees they win the World Series. So he was known industry-wide, including his convention to be able to handle pitching staffs and more so bullpens.”

Wait- Kevin Towers had a good idea?


QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 01:13 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brian sabean, bruce bochy, giants

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Recap of retirement gifts Giants’ Bruce Bochy received on farewell tour

SAN FRANCISCO—At some point next week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy will begin the process of packing up his office of 13 years. The hard part is done. Bullwinkle, a gigantic stuffed elk head that hung in his office for most of this decade, is now living in a local bar.

But Bochy still has plenty to pack, especially after a season-long farewell tour. It’s been emotional at times, filled with tributes from longtime friends and touching videos from longtime opponents. It also has been lucrative for a man who loves wine and will officially be off the clock next Monday. 

Perhaps the first sip will come from a bottle Bob Melvin presented during a ceremony in August. Or the one that was left in his office in Atlanta by a visitor who wanted to say thanks. Maybe the first drink will come from the bottle of bourbon Alex Cora sent over last week, or the Sagamore Spirit Rye the Orioles gave Bochy early on.

There will be plenty of time to get through it all, and plenty of fond memories. Here’s a rundown of some of the highlights from the farewell tour

Is it that Ned Yost didn’t need the gifts, or doesn’t want them?


QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 12:58 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, gifs, retirement tour

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Bruce Bochy wins his 2,000th game

A great weight has been lifted as the Giants’ gave Bruce Bochy the 2,000th win of his career. It’s just now starting to sink in that next season, Bruce Bochy won’t be in the Giants’ dugout nor anyone else’s. For the first time since I’ve been old enough to even know what a manager is, a baseball season will be played without Bruce Bochy, and I’m suddenly unprepared for that.

As soon as he’s eligible, Bruce Bochy will enter the Hall of Fame. He captained the Giants through their most prosperous decade (bookended by some less prosperous years). With Bochy at the helm, the Giants won three World Championships and their players won two Cy Youngs, a Rookie of the Year, an MVP, and three different pitchers started three different All-Star games.

Bochy is one of the last of his kind. That’s not to say that his strategies or managerial style is obsolete or antiquated. Bochy is one of the last managers who got to be clever. The modern manager might not have much of an influence on the game. Lineups composition and bullpen strategies mostly come down from the front office. Bunts, steals, and hit and runs are going away. But there’s no way the Giants win it all in 2010 without Bochy pulling the strings.

It’s possible that Bochy will be the last manager to reach 2,000 wins, and if he’s not the last I don’t know if there will be many more behind him. Maybe Terry Francona can get there. But with teams being as fickle and/or willing to go in a different direction, will anyone else be given the trust needed to manage for 25 years?

Not quite the end some of us were hoping for a couple of months ago, but hopefully one that will be acceptable.


QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy

Saturday, September 14, 2019

As Giants say bye to Bruce Bochy, uncertainty surrounds coaching staff

SAN FRANCISCO—The Madison Bumgarner sign outside the Second Street entrance at Oracle Park has been replaced by an even bigger one honoring his longtime manager. On the left field wall, there’s a picture of Bochy tipping his cap with a message—“Thank you Boch!”—that’s popping up all around the ballpark.

The next two homestands for the Giants largely will be about honoring Bochy, and for good reason. But there are others who are possibly coming to the end of the line, too.

The Giants on Tuesday let go of eight pro scouts, including a few men who had been with the organization for a long time. Farhan Zaidi is assessing the amateur scouting staff and the front office he inherited, and when the season ends, he will sit down with members of Bochy’s staff.

The coaching staff was all signed through 2019, and with a new manager coming in, it’s unclear how many—if any—familiar faces will return. That’s been a topic of discussion in the clubhouse at points this summer, but Zaidi, who spoke about the scouting changes Tuesday, said he didn’t want to dive into coaching staff decisions quite yet.

A consideration of how one transition tends to lead to more transitions.


QLE Posted: September 14, 2019 at 01:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bruce bochy, coaching staffs

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




All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF


Thanks to
for his generous support.


You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogScott Boras Says Astros Players Shouldn't Apologize for Sign-Stealing Scandal
(7 - 11:39pm, Jan 24)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogFelipe Alou: Mets manager Luis Rojas won't cheat baseball
(4 - 11:37pm, Jan 24)
Last: Banta

NewsblogRed Sox, Padres have reportedly discussed Mookie Betts trade that includes a surprising name
(28 - 11:17pm, Jan 24)
Last: Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques

NewsblogRanking the names of major league ballparks
(28 - 10:38pm, Jan 24)
Last: ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick

NewsblogOT - NBA Thread 2020
(657 - 10:19pm, Jan 24)
Last: rr: calming the thread down with my arms

NewsblogCraig Calcaterra’s Imaginary Hall of Fame Ballot
(75 - 10:07pm, Jan 24)
Last: Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle

NewsblogRyan Thibs’ Hall of Fame Tracker
(1452 - 9:38pm, Jan 24)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogBloom: Red Sox won’t rush to have manager by spring training
(27 - 7:29pm, Jan 24)
Last: DFA

NewsblogAstros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3
(7 - 7:07pm, Jan 24)
Last: Hot Wheeling American

NewsblogPosnanski: Baseball 100 Rules
(431 - 6:30pm, Jan 24)
Last: alilisd

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-24-2020
(15 - 4:51pm, Jan 24)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogReport: Umpires agree to MLB's test plans for automated strike zone
(115 - 3:40pm, Jan 24)
Last: Barnaby Jones

NewsblogMajor League Baseball to sponsor US Olympic softball team
(1 - 3:21pm, Jan 24)
Last: John Northey

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-23-2020
(32 - 3:18pm, Jan 24)
Last: vortex of dissipation

Gonfalon CubsBeing cheap is not a plan
(49 - 2:53pm, Jan 24)
Last: Moses Taylor, glorified meat shield

Page rendered in 1.0949 seconds
84 querie(s) executed