Braden Bishop is a believer that everything happens for a reason. He has to be.
The 27-year-old outfielder has had a whirlwind of a season that includes being designated for assignment -- more than once -- joining his hometown team and becoming a father. That's a lot to take in.
“It was just a crazy couple of weeks because the baby came and I ended up getting designated for assignment two days later," Bishop said Sunday to KNBR's Bill Laskey. "Then I was like ‘I don't really know what my future looks like.’ If somebody claims me on the East coast then I gotta move everything.
"There were just so many logistical things that most people don’t know about."
Bishop, who is the older brother of Giants prospect Hunter Bishop and is a Bay Area native, was claimed off waivers by the Giants from the Seattle Mariners on May 17 and was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. He was then DFA'd by the Giants just a few days later on May 22 but cleared waivers and was sent outright to Sacramento on May 26.
In reality, it all worked out.
“Four or five days later I get a call saying ‘Hey, good news you got claimed, better news is that it’s the Giants.’ Out of all the 60 chances between 30 minor league teams and 30 big league teams, to go to the one place that’s in Sacramento where my family lives and then San Francisco where I'm from.
"Then I ended up getting designated a couple days later by San Francisco and clearing, so now I'm here in Sacramento. I think all these things happen the way they did because they did and that’s really the only explanation I need. I’m just going to keep going, and I'm definitely super grateful, of all places I ended up in Sacramento and in the Giants organization.”
Not only did Bishop get to be as close as possible to his family, he's proving on the field he still deserves a long look for a possible return to the big leagues.
Through 12 games with the River Cats, Bishop is batting .396 with three doubles, two triples and one homer. He has a 1.049 OPS and has made multiple highlight plays in the outfield.
Giants fans have more than one Bishop to root for, something that isn't new to the Bay.