Giants blast umps after Dodgers loss, call for more replay accountability


Giants blast umps after Dodgers loss, call for more replay accountability

LOS ANGELES -- The week started with MLB umpires taking to Twitter and Facebook for some ill-advised hashtag-filled thoughts about Manny Machado. On Thursday, a clubhouse fired back.

The Giants were livid after a 9-8 loss to the Dodgers, believing they were robbed by replay officials in the ninth inning. With no outs and two on, Tyler Austin tried to bunt Stephen Vogt and Joe Panik over. First baseman Cody Bellinger alertly threw to third and Vogt was called out; replay appeared to show he was safe, and the Giants were adamant he was.

"When I slid in I beat the throw," Vogt said. "Straight into the bag. I beat the throw. I won't comment further, but I know I beat the throw."

Manager Bruce Bochy and catcher Buster Posey did not hold back, with Posey, who has become a louder voice for the player's association, saying changes need to be made. 

"There's no accountability for those guys," Posey said of replay officials. "Anything close, they're going to say it's inconclusive. That seems to be the trend."

Asked what he would like to see from the replay system, Posey mentioned additional explanations on close calls like that one, and added that perhaps MLB should add more cameras to the field to get better angles. He said too many calls come back as "inconclusive."

Bochy, asked first about Madison Bumgarner's struggles, pivoted and said he wants an explanation from the umpires in New York. He watched the play repeatedly on the scoreboard and came straight to the clubhouse monitors after the game to watch it again. 

"I'd like to know what they're looking at in New York," he said. "I saw it and I don't get it. I wish they could show me what they saw. He was safe."

Bochy said he generally does not get a detailed explanation of the decision.

"I'd like to get one," he said. "I'll be honest, I saw it on the scoreboard and saw it after the game. It can't be missed on replay. That one looks like it was missed. It looks like Vogt was on the bag. And you can't have a bigger call go against you."

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Instead of having two runners in scoring position, down a run, the Giants still had runners at first and second. Posey and Brandon Belt lined out to end the game. Had Vogt been on third, he would have tied the game on Posey's ball to deep center. 

"The way they fought back, to get a bad break like that, that's a tough one," Bochy said. 

Giants honor Bruce Bochy with cannon water salute before final flight

Giants honor Bruce Bochy with cannon water salute before final flight

Talk about going out with a bang. 

As Giants manager Bruce Bochy prepared for his final team flight back to San Francisco on Sunday after his team's 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, his squad paid tribute with commemorative t-shirts, hats, and Bochy’s No. 15 plastered on the outside of the chartered plane in sticker form.

Just before the team plane prepared to depart the Atlanta airport, the Giants arranged for a ceremonial salute fitting for a three-time champion and winner of over 2,000 games as a manager.

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The Giants will close out the 2019 season with six home games in what will be a week-long recognition of one of the franchise’s most successful managers.

Maybe Bochy can use that time in the air to enjoy some of the many gifts he received from opposing teams during his final season.

Giants' Madison Bumgarner convinced balls are juiced: 'No denying it'

Giants' Madison Bumgarner convinced balls are juiced: 'No denying it'

Madison Bumgarner isn't one to mince words, and recently the Giants starting pitcher said what everyone has been thinking.

The balls are juiced.

"There's no denying it," Bumgarner told the San Francisco Chronicle in a story published Friday. "I don't think anybody at this point is denying the ball is different. It's definitely different, and it's affecting a lot of the all-time stats."

The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and a simple glance at the home-run leaderboard serves to confirm Bumgarner's suspicion. While New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso is the only player thus far to reach the 50-homer plateau, there are another seven players in the forties, and another 47 in the thirties.

The league's previous home run record -- 6,105, set in 2017 -- was surpassed two weeks ago. There's still a week left in the season. Those are the only two seasons in MLB history with at least 6,000 home runs.

The Giants haven't had a single player with 20 home runs in any of the last three seasons. They already have two this year, with Evan Longoria knocking on the door with 19.

So, it's not as if the Giants' hitters haven't similarly benefitted from a juiced ball. Still, Bumgarner isn't a fan.

"I just don't like it when they change the game so much," he said. "This changes it a lot."

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Given that the current game has basically been turned into a nightly home-run derby, it's not surprising that a pitcher would complain. Of course, Bumgarner has only hit one himself after five previous multi-homer seasons, so maybe he's just frustrated he hasn't been able to take better advantage.