World Series Notebook: New Identity for Bochy

World Series Notebook: New Identity for Bochy


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- For the last 12 years, Bruce Bochy has lived with the stigma of getting swept in the World Series.

For the rest of his life, he'll be known as the manager of the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Bochy likes to say he's just the guy who decides which of his tremendous pitchers starts on a given day, but it's easy to see his impact goes much deeper. He mixed and matched a collection of "characters,""castoffs" and "misfits," drawing out enough offense to get by the Braves, Phillies and Rangers this postseason.

"I was just hoping to get one more chance at this," said Bochy, his championship T-shirt somehow still dry nearly an hour after San Francisco beat Texas 3-1 in Game 5 on Monday night to claim the title.

"That's what the game is about, being in this moment right now," he said. "So I'm living a dream."

Bochy went into October having lost 10 of his last 11 playoff games. He left his highest-paid player, 126 million pitcher Barry Zito, off the postseason roster and hardly used his highest-paid hitter, outfielder Aaron Rowand.

Instead, he relied on guys like Andres Torres, a 10-year minor leaguer, and rookie catcher Buster Posey.

"I can't say enough about how they accepted some roles," Bochy said. "I'm sure they weren't happy with me, guys (who) were used to going out there every day. But they stayed ready, and they had one thing on their mind, and that was to do this. ... But it's not going to work unless they buy into it, and they did."

Perhaps the best example was World Series MVP Edgar Renteria. He didn't start until Game 2 of the NL championship series, San Francisco's sixth game this postseason.

"Bruce somehow managed to juggle this roster and put people in position to be successful," managing partner Bill Neukom said.

Bochy was most proud of the pitchers his supposedly paltry lineup beat -- from San Diego's Mat Latos in the regular-season finale to get into playoffs, all the way to Texas' Cliff Lee in Games 1 and 5 of the Series. In between, there was Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe in Atlanta, and the Philadelphia staff of Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.

"It amazes me," Bochy said. "I'm sure a lot of people didn't think that was going to happen."

Bochy is 55, in his 16th year as a big league manager after nine seasons as a backup catcher. He was NL Manager of the Year in 1996 with the Padres and has been with the Giants since 2007.

After winning Game 4 on Sunday night, Bochy was so excited and so nervous about being one win away from the title that he could hardly sleep. He said he was nervous all day. When Nelson Cruz struck out to end it, Bochy threw both his arms straight in the air, then hugged pitching coach Dave Righetti.

"I was numb at first because you understand how hard this is to do," he said. "But it makes everything worthwhile, whatever you do when you get to this point."

IN DEFEAT, A RING ANYWAY: Rangers catcher Bengie Molina is going get a World Series ring anyway because he spent half this season on the San Francisco Giants. How awkward is that?

"There's a lot of guys that I enjoyed playing with, made myself very comfortable when I was there in San Francisco," he said. "I'm actually very happy for them. ... I think they're enjoying right now what a special feeling it is."

Molina said before the Series that he was considering retiring. In the moments after this season ended, he said he hasn't decided.

"Right now, it's probably closer to no playing than yes," Molina said. "I don't want to decide right now because then something happens later on and I come back. I just want to spend time with my family right now, my mom and my wife and my kids. I'll spend times and I'll make a decision."

Molina was 2 for 11 in the Series, playing four of the five games.

ONLY IN SAN FRANCISCO: Warning: Giants slugger Aubrey Huff is considering a grand unveiling for his lucky red thong.

"I'm probably going to wear it all by itself in the parade," Huff said. "I better get a spray tan, huh?"

Giants place Eduardo Nunez on 10-day DL

Giants place Eduardo Nunez on 10-day DL

The injury bug continues to hit Eduardo Nunez.

Bruce Bochy announced 90 minutes before the Giants' game Friday night that Nunez has been placed on the 10-day DL retroactive to June 20 for an ailing hamstring injury. 

In a corresponding move, the Giants activated Conor Gillaspie from Triple-A Sacramento.

Nunez exited early on June 15 in Colorado. He beat out an infield single, but had trouble stopping after reaching base and signaled for trainer Dave Groeschner. 

On June 19 Nunez returned to the lineup, but has not played since. 

Throughout the season Nunez has battled hamstring issues. When healthy, he's been consistent at the plate while playing multiple positions. 

Nunez is batting .299 with 17 doubles and has stolen 17 bases in 64 games played this season. 

Sharks select center Josh Norris No. 19 in 2017 NHL Entry Draft

Sharks select center Josh Norris No. 19 in 2017 NHL Entry Draft

CHICAGO – The Sharks used their first round draft selection on Friday night to select Josh Norris, a center from Michigan.
San Jose stayed in the 19th position in the first round, where it was originally slotted, to take Norris. The six-foot, 189-pounder posted 61 points (27g, 34a) in 61 games with the U.S. National Under-18 team last season, and added 26 points (12g, 14a) in 25 games in the USHL. He has committed to the University of Michigan for the 2017-18 season.
Norris became the Sharks’ first North American-born first round pick since Charlie Coyle in 2010. Their previous four first round selections were born in Europe.
Norris’ father, Dwayne, was drafted 127th overall by Quebec in 1990 and played in 20 games with the club from 1990-93.
Just before making the pick, general manager Doug Wilson had a quick chat with Washington general manager Brian MacLellan, but nothing apparently came of it.
The Sharks had never selected a player 19th overall in their history. Notable players around the league selected in that spot include Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay, 2012), Oscar Klefbom (Edmonton, 2011), Nick Bjugstad (Florida, 2010), Chris Kreider (Rangers, 2009), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim, 2003) and Keith Tkachuk (Winnipeg, 1990).
The Sharks have seven more selections on Saturday when the draft resumes at 7 a.m. PT, including the 49th overall pick in the second round, acquired from New Jersey as part of the Mirco Mueller trade earlier in the week. They also own one fourth round pick, two in the sixth round, and three in the seventh round.
Swiss native Nico Hischier went first overall to the New Jersey Devils, while the Philadelphia Flyers selected Nolan Patrick second.
Recent Sharks first round draft picks
2016 – None
2015 – Timo Meier (9th overall)
2014 – Nikolay Goldobin (27th overall)
2013 – Mirco Mueller (18th overall)
2012 – Tomas Hertl (17th overall)
2011 – None 
2010 – Charlie Coyle (28th overall)
2009 – None
2008 – None
2007 – Logan Couture (9th overall), Nick Petrecki (28th overall)