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Ex-Giants manager Bruce Bochy clarifies his 'one more shot' comments

Ex-Giants manager Bruce Bochy clarifies his 'one more shot' comments

One former Giant already gave us the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951 with Bobby Thompson's game-winning homer against the Dodgers to win the NL pennant. Less than a week ago, ex-Giants manager Bruce Bochy gave us the "One More Shot Heard 'Round the Bay Area." 

Nearly one month after his retirement, Bochy went on Mad Dog Sports Radio and told Chris Russo that he would "love to have one more shot" as a manger. The comment caught the attention of baseball fans everywhere and led to plenty of speculation.

On Wednesday, Bochy clarified his comments. 

"I was having fun with it more than anything," Bochy told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on the "TK Show." "Watching the postseason, I said something like, 'Yeah, I could get my juices going, I'd like one more shot.' Now, I didn't mean that, like, I'm looking to manage next year, because I don't know how I'm going to react as we go into spring training and as I get into this.

"Of course you're gonna watch the playoffs and there's nothing like it. It's why we do what we do -- it's what you play for." 

Bochy first managed in the big leagues in 1995 when he took over for the Padres. He was 40 years old, eight years removed from his days catching in San Diego. Bochy now is 64, and is going into his first offseason in over 25 years where he won't be a manager. 

At least not for now. 

The famed skipper pushed pause on his desire to keep managing in the majors, but the key words there is pause. That still is all this might be. 

"I don't know for sure. I don't," Bochy said to Kawakami on his future as a manager. "I probably shouldn't have said it like that because my phone blew up from my friends. Even my wife called and said, 'Oh, really. You're gonna manage again?'

"That was more me having fun with it. So no, I'm not looking to manage right now."

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Baseball is in Bochy's blood. He played in 358 games over his nine-year major league career and managed over 4,000. Even though he's stepping away from managing in the majors next year, he's expected to be Team France's skipper in next spring's World Baseball Classic qualifier. 

Right now. Remember those words. Bochy received the necessary sendoff in San Francisco as a future Hall of Famer, but if he gets the itch, expect him to find his way back in the game.

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Giants' Larry Baer believes Arizona might be best spot for MLB season

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Giants' Larry Baer believes Arizona might be best spot for MLB season

It remains to be seen when, or even if, the 2020 MLB season will happen.

Coronavirus continues to leave the season suspended indefinitely, as MLB stadiums remain devoid of all typical spring activities.

One idea that has been thrown out is the league holding a shortened version of the season in a neutral location, like team spring training hubs in Florida and Arizona.

“I think we’ve got to look at the path that presents the best public health option,” Giants CEO Larry Baer said Friday on KNBR. “Arizona might be a better possibility because you could get 30 teams there in more approximate distancing, meaning that everybody would not be a four or five-hour drive from one ballpark to another.”

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All of Arizona’s Cactus League spring training stadiums are within the same county (Maricopa), while Florida’s Grapefruit League stadiums stretch all across the expansive state, with some being hundreds of miles apart.

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Baer emphasized that many scenarios have been thrown out around the league, but that the safety of all those involved with the game should take precedent.

“That’s one idea, there are other ideas out there,” Baer said. “I just think we’ve got to chase down every possible idea to return baseball, but only when it’s safe and only when [there is] public health clearance.”

Joey Bart-Buster Posey comparisons legit, ex-Giants GM Bobby Evans says

Joey Bart-Buster Posey comparisons legit, ex-Giants GM Bobby Evans says

Back in 2008, the Giants selected a franchise-altering player in the first-round of the MLB draft.

Ten years later, the Giants drafted Joey Bart at No. 2 overall, hoping he would have the same impact that Buster Posey had on the franchise over the last decade.

Before he was fired as general manager in Sept. 2018, Bobby Evans was responsible for drafting Bart. What did Evans and the Giants see in the Georgia Tech star? The former long-time Giants executive was asked that during an interview on KNBR 680 on Friday.

"He's just so far advanced, for us, looking at him at Georgia Tech and we had a chance to track him throughout his time there," Evans said. "Our scout covering Georgia Tech at the time played at Georgia Tech and had a good inside track as to who Joey was. But he was able to see, this was a guy in college that is calling his own game, he takes as much pride in what he's doing behind the plate as he does with the bat. He's a smart, smart hitter. He's at Georgia Tech for a reason because he's a smart guy to begin with, but he's a smart hitter.

"The challenge he'll have as he advances is, he's got right-center field power which he'll have to continue to work on at [Oracle Park] and other places. But the power is real and it's raw and you've got a lot to look forward to in Joey."

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Ever since he was drafted, Bart has been seen as the heir apparent to Posey, and Evans gave credence to the comparisons.

"The flashes of Buster Posey are not lost on us, because there's so much common ground there, really starting with the character of the player," Evans said.

Bart finished the 2019 season at Double-A and was expected to begin the 2020 season at Triple-A before the global coronavirus pandemic stopped everything.

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Once baseball does begin, Giants fans everywhere will be keeping an on Bart's every move, hoping they soon will see him at Oracle Park in San Francisco.