The San Francisco Giants need an outfielder and maybe two, a third baseman, some reliable relievers, another mid-rotation starter and now something else.
Manager Bruce, the Bochy in question, told reporters Tuesday that he was going to undergo another heart procedure soon, making it an even four episodes/procedures in three years. That’s a lot of transmission work for one car.
But Bochy also said he planned to rest and recreate a bit and then get back to the business of managing the 2018 Giants reclamation project, a stress turbine that is only going to rev hotter in the immediate future.
His wife, Kim, must be thrilled.
But that’s an area in which we are unskilled to speculate, just as his health is. Presumably if his doctor told him his ticker was not going to stand any more pitching changes, he would have the good sense to announce that he intended to fish competitively – if you can call baiting a hook and waiting for something to bite it competitive.
Still, as we have seen this before, the Giants must surely have a succession plan in place, even if sharing it even with him is considered
Unseemly. Bochy has more than earned his own say on his own way out, and if his health has the deciding vote (or, more likely, shares the deciding voter with his life), he will do the right thing.
Put another way, unless he’s taken to regard his heart health as something he deals with by clapping his hands over his ears and singing at the top of his lungs to drown out the noise, he will announce one day that he has plans for the rest of his life that can no longer include managing a baseball team.
And he will go out with the gratitude of a franchise and its fans who would never known the heights it knew without him.