Sanchez, Romo hurt in Giants' win


Sanchez, Romo hurt in Giants' win


SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants 2-0 win over the Cubs Sundaywas not without its casualties. Both Hector Sanchez and Sergio Romo sustainedminor injuries, but manager Bruce Bochy did not seem overly concerned abouteither his backup catcher or right-handed reliever after the game.

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In the seventh inning, Sanchez fouled consecutive cutters from Travis Wood offhis left leg. Sanchez doubled over in pain after the first one, receivedassistance from a trainer, then stepped back into the box only to hit himselfhigher in the leg with another foul ball. Trainers returned to attend toSanchez and affixed a shin guard to the rookie catchers left leg. Sanchez flewout to center later in the at bat and remained in the game to catch Barry Zito.Hes pretty beat up, Bochy said. He has a contusion on theleft leg from the knee down.Romo came in to relieve Zito with one out in the ninth andsuccessfully converted his fifth career save. But the final out came at aprice, as Romo aggravated his right knee injury, sustained last week whilestretching, as he gloved Alfonso Sorianos ground ball back to the mound.Hes getting looked at, Bochy said. We think its fine.Romo was in the game in a save situation because of Santiago Casillas rightknee injury. Even though Casilla was unavailable Sunday, Bochy said after thegame that his closer is improving.Hes getting better, Bochy said. Little bit of soreness so hes day-to-day.

Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role


Giants hire David Bell to fill key front office role

SAN FRANCISCO -- A familiar face is returning to the Giants organization to serve a key front office role. 

The Giants announced Friday that David Bell, their former third baseman, has been hired as Vice President of Player Development. The job was previously held by Shane Turner. At the end of the season, team officials hinted that Turner could be one of several members of the organization to be reassigned. 

In a statement, general manager Bobby Evans said Bell will "help shape our ongoing strategy and continued commitment to player development."

Bell, 45, played 12 major league seasons and spent 2002 with the Giants. He hit 20 homers that year as the starting third baseman and scored the winning run in the final game of the NLCS.

Since retiring, Bell has served as a minor league manager for the Reds and a big league coach for the Cubs and Cardinals. He spent last season as the bench coach in St. Louis. 

Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered


Dusty Baker won't be remembered the way he should be remembered

Firing a manager is easy, and there are lots of ways to do it.

Dusty Baker, for example. He worked this year on the last year of a contract, which usually means there won’t be another one, and he relied on his players to deliver the goods.

Which, as we remember from our reading, they didn’t do. Again.

But Baker was marked for the chop unless those players did deliver, and when they didn’t, general manager Mike Rizzo did the expedient thing.

He fired one person rather than several. And changed exactly nothing.

Baker’s managerial career is probably over now, as most teams don’t look at 68-year-olds to fix their teams. He will never manage a  World Series champion, something he ached for, and he was always be caricatured in part as the guy who didn’t speak metric, and who believed in players as men whenever in doubt.

And the Nats didn’t betray him, either. They were always not as good in the big moments because someone else was, and they became part of Washington’s new fetish – Why Can’t We Win One? It’s as if having a cringeworthy President isn’t good enough for them.

So the time came, and he will be replaced by someone who will either win and get credit for work that was largely his, or he won’t win and the town can continue to wallow in its tedious We’re-The-New-Cubs pity. It is the circle of life.

At least it is for groups of people. For individuals, the circle of life is actually nothing more than a straight line that ends abruptly. For Dusty Baker, as it did for Tony La Russa in Phoenix two days earlier, that day came today. He deserves to be remembered as a very good manager who won a lot more than he lost, made more friends than enemies, and was honest from Day One until the end.

Which, as we also know, doesn’t matter a whole lot on days like this.