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Report: Reds eyeing Giants farm director David Bell as next manager

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Report: Reds eyeing Giants farm director David Bell as next manager

David Bell's return to the Giants could be short.

The 12-year MLB infielder was named the Giants' vice president of player development on Oct. 12, 2017. Less than one year later, Bell reportedly is being eyed for another position by a different team. 

Bell is one candidate in a handful of names the Reds are looking at as their next manager, according to Jon Heyman.

Bell, 46, has previous managerial experience with the Reds, just not their major league squad. Bell spent three seasons, 2009 to 2011, as the Reds' Double-A manager. He was promoted to Triple-A manager for the 2012 season before being named the Cubs' third base coach in 2013. Bell also served as the Cardinals' assistant hitting coach from 2014 to 2016.

Family ties actually might place Bell above the other candidates hoping to be the next Reds manager. David's legendary father, Buddy, currently works in the Reds' front office.

"He’s got a really strong base of experience and background and understanding of the game, and he has a passion for the game and working with young players," former Giants GM Bobby Evans said when San Francisco hired Bell. 

Bell spent the 2002 season as the Giants' starting third baseman and hit 20 home runs, one off his career high. He scored the game-winning run in the NLCS that year to send the Giants to the World Series, where they lost to the Angels in seven games. 

Tim Flannery reflects on Bruce Bochy's career upon retirement announcement

Tim Flannery reflects on Bruce Bochy's career upon retirement announcement

Editor's note: Tim Flannery is a Giants analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area. Before joining the booth, he was a coach on Bruce Bochy's staff for 16 years, including eight as the third base coach for the Giants. Flannery won three World Series titles in San Francisco before retiring after the 2014 championship season. He shares his thoughts upon hearing about Bochy's impending retirement. 

Today, I found out Bruce Bochy will retire from managing after this season with the Giants. I’m thrilled for him. This man never has had even a moment off since he began managing in 1989, in the minor leagues for San Diego. He won all four years in the minors, then began as the major league manager in 1995 with the Padres.

After this season, he will have managed 25 years in the majors. That’s incredible. Along the way, he went to four World Series as the "Skipper," winning three of them as a Giant. He has been voted Manager of the Year, and has made everyone around him better for playing and coaching for him.

It’s an amazing run that will take him into the Hall of Fame. He did it with persistence, hard work, great people skills, and never being ‘’out prepared.’’ He was relentless in his love for competition, winning, and his flat out hatred for losing.

He didn’t care if he was given a team made up of low-budget, last-in-the-league in payroll players. He still honestly felt he had a chance to beat you. He never thought he was outmanned. This was, and is, his strength. It also made the players he had that day on that team play beyond their capabilities. He believed in them, so they did too.

Being a big league manager, the demands seem to never go away. Players, agents, front office, media, fans -- it’s a nonstop, second-guessing pressure cooker that takes years off of your life. It can be so unhealthy, but Boch always had the perfect makeup for dealing with all of it. In the middle of the storm, Boch always made the proper decisions -- not always the popular one -- but the proper one that would make the team better in the long run.

In all my 16 years coaching for him, I never once questioned the sign he put on for me to deliver. I never questioned a move he made. I trusted him because I knew he was smarter than everyone else. I witnessed it time and time again.

In this demanding game of big league baseball, so many are changed by the demands. So many become different people. Personalities can be drained by the relentless schedule, the demands. Managing will do that to you because of all you have to be, and the pressures of winning. Boch never would throw a player under the bus, he always covered for them. He never would finger-point, he would take their flaws and look the other way as he would take the blame.

He didn’t care. 

He was, and is, a players' manager. Not managing for the fan, who sees it all from a distance. He protected his boys.

25 years ago, players were different. 25 years ago, the game was different. You either evolved as a coach or manager, or you got spit out. He has dealt with every issue, every personality, every pressure, every kind of team, and all sorts of front offices. His sustainability is second to none.

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After winning our first World Series in Texas in 2010, we were flying back West late in the night. The World Series trophy was up with us in First Class, and Boch grabbed me and took me in the galley and said some very special things to me.

Then he said, ‘’Look at that trophy, there’s nothing else I need now."

I knew him well enough to know that he was full of s**t, he wanted another and another. Although this will be his last year managing -- with a team supposedly not to win -- I’d be more frightened to play against Boch and his team now than ever before.

Why?

I can promise you this: he will not go quietly in the night. He will not make this his retirement tour. He will leave no stone unturned, and will not end his run without playing every last card he has left in his hand.

Congrats friend, now let 'em have it, and burn it all down. You taught us all that miracles only happen to those who believe in them.

Giants, Bruce Bochy plan to figure out future role with organization

Giants, Bruce Bochy plan to figure out future role with organization

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — After Madison Bumgarner’s stunning performance in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, Giants CEO Larry Baer was asked if Bumgarner had guaranteed himself a statue outside of AT&T Park. He shifted some of the focus to his manager, who had just won his third title in five years. 

“How about a Bruce Bochy statue?” Baer said that night, smiling. “The only thing is, I don’t know if we’ll be able to find enough marble to sculpt his head.”

Five years later, Baer and the Giants are now faced with the reality that they must find the proper sendoff for their manager, who will retire at the end of 2019 and one day soon will be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Baer promised tributes, and when he’s through with that process, perhaps he’ll sit down with Bochy and figure out what’s next. 

Bochy and Baer already have had a general conversation about the manager staying with the organization after this season. The details will be hashed out at a later date. 

“There’s an open yearning from the Giants for him to continue in whatever role is the best fit,” Baer said. “We’re in February, so let’s go through the season and have a great season. I know he’s super-fired-up about the season, and we’re very grateful that he’s feeling well. It’s really going to be for him to define what with the organization he would want to do going forward, but it’s an open door to whatever he would want to do.”

Bochy said he hasn’t given much thought to what he might do specifically, and he did say that he couldn’t commit to “never” managing elsewhere. That didn’t surprise his longtime boss, Brian Sabean.

“He’s announced that this chapter is done here with the Giants, but that can change overnight,” Sabean said.

At the moment, nobody really expects it to. Bochy is 63 and about to embark on his 25th season as a manager. The game has changed and front offices increasingly turn to young, analytics-driven managers who can take their directions from general managers and team presidents. Farhan Zaidi will pick Bochy's replacement and surely has some of his own ideas, but Bochy will have a role of some sort, as ex-Giants decision-makers always have.

Felipe Alou, who visited Bochy on Monday, is a special assistant in the front office. Dusty Baker returned last year as an advisor to Baer. Sabean, the former GM, is no longer in charge of baseball operations, but he still has his old office at Scottsdale Stadium and remains involved in the direction of the franchise. Even former pitching coach Dave Righetti remains in the organization, and he has been at Scottsdale Stadium this week. 

This is an organization that always finds a spot for past contributors, and few can match Bochy’s resume. When he’s ready, he’ll have a role. He said he’ll figure that part out. For now, he knows one thing about his next job. 

“I’m a Giant,” he said.