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Manny Machado in a Giants uniform? Mike Krukow would love to see it

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Manny Machado in a Giants uniform? Mike Krukow would love to see it

Manny Machado on the Giants?

There's a microscopic chance that the free agent signs with the Giants, but broadcaster Mike Krukow would like to see it happen.

"As far as his makeup, stepping on guys going down the first base line, I think that's bush [league]," Krukow said on KNBR 680 Friday. "Does he run everything out? And then he addresses the fact that he doesn't run out ground balls, and to me, that's just stupid. Despite all that, I'd love to see him in a Giants uniform. I think every team says the same thing. He is a catalyst player and he's 26 [years old.]"

With his free agency looming, Machado brought the wrong kind of attention to himself during the postseason with the Dodgers. In one instance, he appeared not to hustle to first base. In another incident, he stepped on the foot of Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar.

Aside from all that, Krukow has been impressed with Machado.

"I think his baseball skills are off the charts,' Krukow said. "He can do things phyiscally that other people can't do."

Machado's baseball skills aren't the only thing that has impressed Krukow.

"I think he's smart," Krukow said.

The supposed character issues that come with Machado don't seem to bother Krukow at all.

"I wouldn't even worry about it," Krukow said. "If he got in the right clubhouse, to me, it's not even an issue as to whether he's a positive or a negative. I think he's a positive, so I think he's a guy worth investing in."

Machado is seeking a mega contract, the kind of contract Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi doesn't give out to free agents. At the moment, the three known pursuers of Machado are the White Sox, Yankees and Phillies. Chicago has reportedly presented a formal offer to Machado.

Another thing standing in the way of Machado coming to the Giants? They have shortstop Brandon Crawford and third baseman Evan Longoria signed for the next several years. Crawford is a cornerstone player for the Giants, so he isn't going anywhere. Longoria is aging and his production is dipping, so he'd be tough to move.

Sorry, Kruk, but we don't think Machado is coming to San Francisco. But we made a snazzy jersey swap for you to dream about what Machado looks like in a Giants uniform.

Bruce Bochy recounts his favorite memories from tenure as Giants manager

Bruce Bochy recounts his favorite memories from tenure as Giants manager

"Even though I'm retiring, I'm looking forward to one more shot."

The Giants' world was rocked Monday, when Bruce Bochy announced that this coming season would be his last as manager for San Francisco. It had been on Bochy's mind for some time, and he thought it best to have everyone on the same page heading into what will be his final season in the dugout.

"It was important for me to tell them that, and really to get it out," Bochy told NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez during an exclusive interview following his announcement. "So I could be honest with everybody and get it behind us and it wouldn't be a distraction for myself, Farhan (Zaidi), Larry (Baer), the team ... everybody. We can concentrate on baseball."

Suddenly, the 2019 season has taken on a whole new meaning for the Giants. Yes, a return to contention after the last two dismal years is certainly high on the list of goals. But now, each time they take the field, there's going to be an element of, 'Win one for the skipper' to it.

There are bound to be numerous pit stops along the way at which point Bochy will be honored for his vast contributions to the Giants franchise, including, of course, three World Series titles in a span of five years. Of the nine other former managers in MLB history to win at least three World Series titles, all of them are already in the Hall of Fame. Bochy will surely join them there.

[RELATED: Next stop, Cooperstown: Why Bochy is Baseball Hall lock]

But if it's up to Bochy, those in-season ceremonies will be kept to a minimum. "That's not what this is about," he told Gutierrez.

Whether or not he gets his wish remains to be seen. But no matter what, you can count on a whole lot of reminiscing over the next seven or eight months, depending on how successful Bochy's final season is.

Heck, it's already begun. In their conversation, Bochy was asked about his favorite memories as the Giants' skipper. One immediately came to mind, and for good reason.

"This one's probably pretty obvious, but when I handed the ball to my son coming out of the bullpen, that's a moment I'll never forget."

Outside of specific memories, a constant one that holds a special place in Bochy's heart is the endless support he's received from Giants fans over the last 12 seasons.

[RELATED: Giants' players determined to send Bochy out on high note]

"That was the one constant that I always had and the team always had over my tenure there," Bochy said, "is that they've always been there."

Bochy and the Giants plan to figure out a future role for him with the organization, so it's not as if he'll disappear from AT&...err....Oracle Park altogether. In fact, Bochy doesn't intend to go far at all.

"It's just amazing how well I've been treated up there," Bochy said of San Francisco, "and that's where I'm sure I'm going to end up making my home because that's home for me."

Giants' veterans determined to defy odds, send Bruce Bochy out on high note

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Giants' veterans determined to defy odds, send Bruce Bochy out on high note

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A few longtime Giants knew what was coming Monday morning, but for most of the players gathered in the clubhouse at Scottsdale Stadium, Bruce Bochy’s announcement was a stunner.

Bochy gives a speech every year before the first full-squad workout of the spring, and he started Monday’s by telling his players that he’s retiring at the end of the season. He then quickly moved on to discussing the spring schedule. As players started to digest the news, many came to the same conclusion.

“The main thing definitely is that we’ve got to end this on a high note,” left-hander Derek Holland said. “We’ve got to take him to where he needs to be and get him that last game in October, not September.”

Despite what happened the past two seasons, veterans have spent the last two weeks talking about getting back to the postseason. They now have a rallying cry: Win one for the skipper. Make sure Bochy's career doesn't end Sept. 29 with the final game of the season. All three veterans who spoke after Monday’s announcement gave some variation of “we have to help Bochy end on a high note.”

[RELATED: Next stop, Cooperstown: Why Bochy is Baseball Hall lock]

It was an emotional day for the Giants, and Holland, Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval spoke of what Bochy has meant to them. Holland pointed out how cool it was to face Bochy with the Rangers and then get to pitch for him. Belt pointed out that Bochy is the only manager he has played for. Sandoval chose to honor Bochy at the Coaching Corps Game Changer Awards last month, and he was hit hard during the Monday morning meeting. 

“It was emotional,” Sandoval said. “But at the same time, we’ve got to go finish strong for him.”

Sandoval said he’ll stop by Bochy’s office soon to reminisce a bit about their time together. That will continue all year, especially for players like Belt, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Madison Bumgarner, who have never known anything but a Bochy clubhouse. 

Those who have played for Bochy for years thought this news was coming, but that didn’t soften the blow. 

“I was a little shocked,” Belt said. “You think it might be coming, but it’s still a little surprising to hear coming out of his mouth.”

[RELATED: Giants, Bochy plan to figure out future role with team]

Belt said Bochy told the Giants how much he believes in the group. Bochy is happy with the free agent additions, and the Giants believe they’re flying under the radar. That would add to one last Bochy run. 

“Nobody is expecting us to do it,” Holland said. “That makes this story even better.”