Nationals' Johnson beats Bochy for NL Manager of the Year Award

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Nationals' Johnson beats Bochy for NL Manager of the Year Award

Washington Nationals' Davey Johnson was named the 2012 National League Manager of the Year Tuesday, defeating San Francisco's Bruce Bochy and Cincinnati's Dusty Baker.

Johnson won in a landslide with 23 first-place votes and 131 points. Dusty Baker earned five first-place votes and came in second place with 77 points. Bochy garnered four first-place votes and came in third place with 61 points.

Two of Bochy's four first-place votes came from Bay Area beat writers Henry Schulman and Carl Steward.

Johnson led the Nationals to their best record since the team's inception in 2005 -- a 98-64 mark that was the best in all of baseball.

The Nationals lost in the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2.

Johnson owns 1,286 career MLB wins, fourth best among active managers behind Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker and Bruce Bochy.

Johnson, 69, becomes the fifth manager to win the award in both leagues. He won AL Manager of the Year in 1997 when he guided the Baltimore Orioles to a 98-64 record.

Source: Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

Source: Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Faced with a crowded depth chart and a need for a roster spot, the Giants shipped right-hander Chris Heston to Seattle on Wednesday night, a source confirmed to CSNBayArea.com.

Heston, who made 31 starts and threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 2015, would have been designated for assignment had a deal not gotten done. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for closer Mark Melancon, who signed Monday. 

Heston, 28, filled in after injuries to veterans in 2015 and posted a 3.95 ERA and 12 wins, one of which was a no-hitter in New York. He was a first-half savior for an unhealthy staff, going 9-5 with a 3.39 ERA in 18 starts before the All-Star break. The long season caught up to Heston down the stretch, and the Giants filled their rotation that December with free agents Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. 

Heston made just four appearances in 2016 after being moved to the bullpen. It was a transition that didn't quite take, and he ended up back in the minors, making 14 starts for the River Cats as he worked to regain some of the velocity that was lost when he dropped 15 pounds during offseason workouts. An oblique injury led to Heston being put on the 60-day DL in June and ultimately ended his season. 

This represents a needed fresh start for Heston, who was hopelessly blocked in the Giants’ system. The Giants acquired Matt Moore at the deadline and Ty Blach and Matt Cain will compete for the final rotation spot. Veteran Albert Suarez and top pitching prospect Tyler Beede are among the starters who had jumped ahead of Heston. In Seattle, he joins a team in need of starting depth, and he should get a shot to return to a big league rotation.

Kuiper has been told to expect many boring ninth innings from Melancon

Kuiper has been told to expect many boring ninth innings from Melancon

Over the last three seasons, nobody has registered more saves than new Giants closer Mark Melancon.

The three-time All-Star is 131 for 141 in save opportunities over that span.

Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper spoke with Nationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo about what Melancon brings to the table.

"Mike (Krukow) and I both talked to F.P. and he basically said, 'He's boring. The ninth inning is boring.' And we were like, 'Really? Wow. We haven't seen that in awhile.' So a boring ninth inning would be good for everybody," Kuiper said on KNBR 680 on Wednesday. "Our fans, it would certainly be good for our manager and pitching coach because those two guys had to wear it."

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The Giants blew 30 saves in 2016 -- the most in baseball -- and Giants GM Bobby Evans made it very clear from the moment the season ended that adding a closer was the team's top priority.

San Francisco is confident assimilating Melancon won't be an issue.

He looks like one of those guys who will fit into the clubhouse immediately," Kuiper said.