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What Bruce Bochy likes about Alex Dickerson after two historic games

What Bruce Bochy likes about Alex Dickerson after two historic games

It's only been two games, but Alex Dickerson has made quite the impression on his new Giants teammates and manager.

"Unbelievable, man," Giants starter Tyler Beede told the media in Arizona after the Giants' 7-4 win Saturday. "He's been a huge boost for the offense, a huge boost for the team, just the way guys have kind of rallied around him and encouraged him and been happy to see the success that he's had. And he's been great for the team. We're happy to have him around here so far."

A night after driving in six runs in his team debut, Dickerson drove in another three runs with a pair of doubles. He set the Giants record for most RBI in a player's first two games with the franchise, breaking John Bowker's record for eight.

After two seasons away from baseball, Dickerson is making the most of his second chance with the Giants. In two games, he's 5-for-9 with four extra-base hits and nine RBI.

"Hopefully, that's what his mindset is," manager Bruce Bochy said. "'Hey, I'm getting another chance here, I'm going to make some noise. I want to stay here.'"

Bochy has been impressed with what he's seen from the 29-year-old outfielder.

"I just like his approach," Bochy told reporters. "He doesn't chase pitches, he's got discipline up there, but you have power. He's nice and quiet. Sometimes, a guy just needs another chance, especially with the injuries he's dealt with. He's always shown he can hit, he's just had to deal with the injuries, so hopefully, he stays healthy."

After driving in Kevin Pillar with his first double of the game in the second inning, Dickerson came around to score on a single by Brandon Crawford. When Dickerson returned to the dugout, he was greeted by his teammates chanting a playful, but probably NSFW, nickname.

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Was closer Will Smith responsible for the chant?

"I was not," Smith told NBC Sports Bay Area's Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow. "But I'm all in for it. He's having a great two games so far. We like him. Keep swingin' it."

Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

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Watch Giants prospect Jacob Heyward get ejected on call by robot umpire

Players getting angry towards an umpire is synonymous with baseball. And during the Arizona Fall League, it's no different ... even if you're arguing with technology.

During a Tuesday fall league game, Giants outfield prospect Jacob Heyward, the younger brother of Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, was ejected after striking out on a call made by a robot umpire:

Looks low and inside, right?

But if you scroll to the next photo of the Instagram post, the pitch tracker shows it was, indeed, a strike. 

So who (or what) was Heyward yelling at if he was unsatisfied with the call? Heyward appears to claim his displeasure wasn't with the home plate umpire -- who simply was relaying the call from a computer system -- but he was ejected nevertheless.

This year, the automated ball-strike system (ABS) has been implemented to use at all games being played at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The independent Atlantic League first tested the technology, which includes a real-life umpire still manning duties behind the plate. The ump receives communications via an earpiece that's connected to an iPhone, and then relays the call from the TrackMan computer system.

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Yes, it's complicated.

Despite Heyward's reaction, the data shows the pitch was a strike. And even if this is the case from now on (MLB will sometimes adopt these "experiments" down the line) the human element of emotions still will always come into play. 

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Royals' Mike Matheny for manager job

The carousel continues to turn for the Giants manager job.

Former Giants catcher Mike Matheny has drawn interest from San Francisco for its managerial position, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Matheny played his final two MLB seasons with the Giants and retired from baseball in 2007. The four-time Gold Glove winner managed the Cardinals from 2012-18, finishing with 591 wins and 474 losses, good for a .555 winning percentage. 

He has spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals as a special advisor for player development. 

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It is important to note the Giants have not been reported to have reached out to Matheny or brought him in for an interview.

As the process continues, Matheny is not likely to be the last name we hear associated with interviewing to take over for Bruce Bochy in San Francisco.