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Bruce Bochy ‘frustrated’ over called game

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The San Francisco Giants suffered their most frustrating loss of the season on Tuesday night, mainly because they had basically no control over the outcome. After the Chicago Cubs grounds crew failed to pull the tarp over the infield during a torrential downpour in the fifth inning, the game was eventually called due to unplayable conditions.

A massive pool of standing water remained behind second base after the rain stopped. Workers poured drying agent onto the infield and worked for about two hours before both managers and the crew chief deemed the field still unplayable. After another inspection at 11:15 p.m. and again after midnight, the game was called.

The Cubs are in last place and out of the playoff hunt. The Giants, on the other hand, are 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. The Dodgers won and picked up another game on San Francisco. The Giants are also now tied for the second NL Wild Card spot. Bruce Bochy was not pleased.

“Look, I’m frustrated, beside myself,” Bochy told reporters, via Mark Gonzalez of The Chicago Tribune. “It’s probably not in the right frame of mind. It’s my last (recourse). I hope they listen and watch how what happened there because in this day and time it shouldn’t happen, can’t happen, I think, with the importance of these games. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Cubs president Theo Epstein insisted that the Cubs also wanted to finish the game and even tried to have it suspended so that the rest could be played on Wednesday. However, MLB rules would only allow the game to be suspended if there was an automatic tarp malfunction. Because the issue was caused by human error and the game had gone at least four and a half innings, it was officially in the books.

File that one under “Things You’ll Probably Never See Again.”

Bruce Bochy walked to get to Chris Davis and got burned

Chris Davis home runBruce Bochy is an unconventional manager, and one of his unconventional moves backfired on Friday.

The San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles were tied at two in the top of the 10th at AT&T Park when Bochy had his pitcher issue an intentional walk to Adam Jones to bring up Chris Davis. That’s the same Chris Davis who leads MLB with 42 home runs. Just as you would imagine, Davis torched the Giants.

The left-handed slugger hit a 2-run double to put the O’s up 4-2, and Matt Wieters followed with an RBI single before Bochy pulled pitcher Javier Lopez for Santiago Casilla. The Giants ended up losing 5-2 in 10.

Though the move did not pay off, and intentionally walking to get to Davis sounds insane, there actually was some logic to Bochy’s move.

Lopez is a lefty and already had gotten out left-handed hitters Nate McLouth and Nick Markakis earlier in the inning. Davis is hitting .247/.296/.527 against lefties, compared to .332/.420/.757 against right-handed pitchers. But if Bochy wanted to play the matchup game, he should have taken a look at Adam Jones’ stats against lefties before walking him. Jones is hitting .246/.313/.425 against lefties, which is worse than Davis’ numbers against southpaws.

Bochy out-thought himself on this one and lost. And just to remind Bochy how dumb it is to intentionally walk someone to get to Davis, the O’s first baseman crushed a home run to center in a 3-2 loss on Saturday:

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Clayton Kershaw ‘hurt’ by Bruce Bochy’s comments about All-Star Game starter

clayton-kershawSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who is managing the National League squad at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, announced on Monday that Matt Harvey will be starting on the mound for the NL. When speaking to reporters about the decision, Bochy insisted it had nothing to do with the fact that the game is being held in New York.

“It wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in with the year he’s had,” Bochy said, via the LA Times.

Harvey has pitched tremendously throughout the first half, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA and striking out 147 batters. Bochy likely made his comments to make sure Harvey gets enough credit and is not just seen as a pitcher who got the start by default in his home ballpark.

Bochy also pointed out that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright were candidates to earn the starting job, but his remark about Harvey starting no matter where the game was seemed to upset Kershaw.

“It hurts,” Kershaw said according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “Yeah, it hurts.”

Kershaw also noted that he found out about the decision while watching TV. The 25-year-old is 8-6 and has posted an incredible 1.98 ERA this season. I doubt anyone would have been surprised if he was named the starter but, again, I think Bochy was just trying to prove he did not give Harvey the honor strictly because the game is at Citi Field.

We’re talking about the All-Star Game here, not Game 1 of the World Series. Bochy certainly wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Fans are probably glad Kershaw cares about the event, but he could afford to lighten up a bit.

Bruce Bochy: Yasiel Puig on NL All-Star team is a ‘long shot’

Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig has been so impressive in his limited time in the bigs, there have been calls from some people to put the phenom in the All-Star Game. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who will manage the NL All-Star squad, says Puig making the All-Star team is a “long shot.”

Puig is not on the All-Star ballot, so it is unlikely for him to be voted in as a write-in candidate this late in the season. His best chance of getting into the game would be if the players or All-Star team manager put him in. Bochy told MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden and Casey Stern that he is unlikely to add Puig to the team.

“I’ve got to be honest here, that would be really hard for me to consider that,” Bochy told the hosts in response to a question, via the LA Daily News. “And I’ve already had that question. I guess there was somebody who wrote they would like to see him there and that he deserves to go because this game is for the fans and they want to see not just the best players, but the most interesting or intriguing players.

“I would have a hard time picking somebody who has been here three weeks, to be honest. The numbers would have to be so stupid that you say, ‘Ok I’ll consider it.’ But, you know, I couldn’t take away from a player who has been here and done it the whole half and been out there grinding every day and he doesn’t go. I couldn’t look at that player. I couldn’t look at myself, to be honest. So that’s why I’m saying, that’s a really long shot.”

Bochy’s point about not putting a guy in the game who has played less than a month is well taken, but Puig does have the type of eye-popping numbers — or “stupid” numbers as Bochy calls it — that would merit consideration. Puig has batted .474 with five home runs and a 1.289 OPS in 15 games. Still, I agree that an amazing two weeks is not enough to warrant an All-Star selection. If he keeps it up, the 22-year-old will have plenty of chances to make All-Star teams in the future.

But this is also funny coming from Bochy, who has been a huge homer when choosing the All-Star team in the past. If Puig were playing for his Giants, I guarantee you he wouldn’t be a “long shot.” You have to wonder how much Puig playing for the rival Dodgers factors into this matter.

Bruce Bochy’s car ran out of gas during Giants World Series parade

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a bit of car trouble during his team’s World Series championship celebration on Wednesday. Bochy was proudly showing off the World Series trophy to Giants fans when the Rolls Royce he was riding in ran out of gas. As you can see from the video below, several men had to get behind the car and push it.

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Bruce Bochy wears 49ers hat to support Alex Smith (Video)

The pro teams in San Francisco are loving each other right now. After it was revealed on Wednesday that the NFL threatened to fine Alex Smith if he wears his San Francisco Giants hat to anymore pregame or postgame press conferences, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided he would lend his support for Smith and the Niners.

“This is our way of supporting him for supporting us,” Bochy said while proudly sporting a red and gold hat on Thursday. “And we’re all 49ers fans here so this is in honor of Alex. I’m glad he didn’t have to pay the fine. That’s good news.”

Bochy said he has been a Niners fan since he came to San Francisco and praised Jim Harbaugh for what he has done with the organization since taking over. When asked if he was going to get fined for wearing the Niners hat, Bochy said what a lot of us have been thinking.

“I don’t think so. I hope not,” he said. “We’re having some fun with this. This is what it’s about. Sometimes we take things a little too serious, I think. (Smith) comes out here and supports us and we do appreciate it so this is our way of saying thanks.”

Endorsement deals are endorsement deals, but it’s nice to see Bochy repaying the favor. As we know, the NFL can be pretty unreasonable when it comes to having fun.

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Bruce Bochy Cured of Dipping by Hypnotist

Giants manager Bruce Bochy and other members of the San Francisco coaching staff say they’ve quit dipping tobacco thanks to hypnosis. Equipment manager Mike Murphy was the first one to explore hypnosis and had good results, so he convinced Bochy and bullpen catcher Bill Hayes to also seek help. They say they haven’t dipped in several months since undergoing treatment from Dr. AlVera Paxson.

So how exactly does it work? Let’s take a look.

Bochy spent 3½ hours in a relaxed, near-sleep state under Paxson’s guidance. She talks constantly as she walks around the room. While Hayes had his eyes closed, per Paxson’s instructions, he recalled that the strongest direction about quitting came as she spoke instructions and Hayes heard sounds resembling a stack of magazines emphatically being thrown to the ground, one by one.

Both Bochy and Hayes were asked to sit all the way back in a recliner. They gave Paxson signals they could hear her by moving a foot or finger. Each brought along a can of chew and Paxson proceeded to educate them about all the ingredients they were putting in their bodies — make that lower lips.

Bochy says he’s tried various substitutes or methods of quitting in the past but always came back to the bad habit. This time he says he has yet to cave. If Paxson is so good at getting Bochy to quit dipping, maybe we need her to talk to him about using his own pitchers during the All-Star Game.