Why Bruce Bochy will miss Giants' game Sunday vs Brewers


Why Bruce Bochy will miss Giants' game Sunday vs Brewers

Bruce Bochy made Houston, New York and San Diego his homes as a player, and San Francisco -- after making it back to San Diego -- his home as a manager. There is no doubt Bochy has a future home in Cooperstown, NY. Over the weekend, the future Hall of Famer will be there supporting the newest class of baseball prestige at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 

To support Trevor Hoffman and Alan Trammell, Bochy will miss the Giants' home game Sunday against the Brewers to be in attendance for the ceremony.

In San Diego, Bochy managed Hoffman for 12 seasons. Over that span, Hoffman recorded 457 saves with a 2.58 ERA, made five All-Star Games, and finished in the top five of Cy Young voting three times. 

Hoffman finished his 18-year career with 601 saves. At the time of his retirement, Hoffman was the all-time saves leader. Mariano Rivera broke Hoffman's record one season after he retired and the Yankees great finished with 652, which is currently the career record. 

Trammel is going to Cooperstown for his 20-year career with the Tigers where he was named an All-Star six times and won four Gold Glove awards. But, Bochy will be there for Trammel the coach. For three seasons, 2000-02, Trammel served as Bochy's first base coach in San Diego. 

On Tuesday, Bochy tied Casey Stengel for 11th place on the all-time wins list with 1,905 in the Giants' 4-3 win over the Mariners. The win brought Bochy to an exact even 1,905 victories to 1,905 losses in his 24-year career as a manager with the Padres and Giants. 

Bochy won 951 games in San Diego, and through the middle of his 12th season in San Francisco, he has won 954 games for the Giants. The 63-year-old has also won four National League pennants and three World Series titles.

Michael Morse reflects on love for Giants organization, future of team


Michael Morse reflects on love for Giants organization, future of team

“I was mad. In May I was very mad at this team, mad at the organization, I was just a mad guy. Just because it goes back to all the feelings I have for this organization."

Michael Morse has plenty to say about the Giants. NBC Sports Bay Area hired him as an analyst to talk about the team he cares so much about and he's done just that after years of experience playing, and talking about the game.

An MLB journeyman in his own right, Morse spent his 13 years in the league as a member of six different teams. Two of those seasons he spent wearing the orange and black and earned a World Series ring in 2014. Needless to say, he's aware of the "Giants mentality," a term he preached when I spoke to him back in May. Morse said the team at the beginning of the season was definitely in a rebuild, as much as he hated the word, but he noticed a drastic change from when he roamed the field.

Are things different now? Well, slightly. He likes what he sees in outfielder Mike Yastrzemski.

“I think the one thing that the Giants can bring out of this year is Yaz," Morse said. "I think Yaz is a great pickup, I love his background, his grandfather you can see Yaz -- Mike, and Carl they all play the same. They’ve got just good baseball blood. You know, if that’s one thing the Giants can take out of this year, being a rebuilding year supposedly, I’m not even sure in spring training next year if some of these guys will be on the team or even invited to camp, but you can guarantee that Yaz will be in the mix next year as an outfield spot.”

Morse said of everyone on that roster, Yaz brings that "Giants' light" he's been talking about.

But is he that Max Muncy-type Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi was searching for? Sure.

"Well, I mean if you pick up 100 players you’re gonna find one," Morse explained. "[Zaidi] has picked up a ton of guys and if you remember during the beginning of the season, he started picking up every other team's trash and we were all saying ‘What is he doing, why are we picking these guys up?' And you know ones going to land."

"It’s like you throw a bunch of junk on the wall somethings gonna stick," he said.

Yaz stuck. After years in the minors, Yastrzemski got the call he had been dreaming about. He then called his wife, his father, then eventually his grandfather, who, as Morse said, is a legend in the baseball world.

We know Yaz could be part of the Giants' future, but what about Madison Bumgarner? He was the big "what if," heading toward the MLB trade deadline. And maybe the right situation didn't present itself when it came to MadBum.

“Honestly I just think there wasn’t a deal out there for him," Morse said. "I don’t think the right deal was out there. I think he wanted a lot for him, we 'San Franciscans' think a lot of our MadBum and it would be a shame to see him go away for nothing. If you’re not going to get a good package for him you might as well not get rid of him and then you can spark the conversation of ‘we’re trying to go for it.'”

And with that, what about the future for the Giants? Well, Morse hasn't shut the door on the team by any means but agreed it'll be an arduous journey ahead. 

“Right now there are a lot of really good, young teams out there. The Giants still have a couple of core guys that are aging and they’re tied up with money."

There are some bright spots, however, Morse said. Including the starting pitching that is starting to show some promise. But beyond that, he remains unsure. 

"I don’t know. It’s sad because I love this team, I love this organization. I think Bruce Bochy retiring this year he kind of knows that the next couple years are going to be different. Everything’s going to start changing and I think we’re going to see it on the field. Look at the A’s across the bay, five years ago they stunk and now look at them, they’re a playoff potential team.”

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And how does he feel overall about the organization? Well, his tune has changed from being angry. He remains hopeful.

"It’s going to be a long road," Morse said. "But I think we’ve got the right GM to steer this boat in this storm.”

MLB power rankings: A's better 2022 team than Giants, Bleacher Report says


MLB power rankings: A's better 2022 team than Giants, Bleacher Report says

Even if you possessed a crystal ball, it's difficult to determine the future of any organization -- especially in baseball. You've seen how some of these trade deadlines can be. 

But let's have some fun.

For a moment, let's predict the future. And the future looks bright for the Bay Area teams, but one could shine brighter ... and it's the Oakland A's.

Bleacher Report's Joel Reuter developed power rankings as he sees them in 2022 for each MLB team. He projected the rosters by player's contracts, arbitration-eligible players and top prospects to name a few. Reuter also added the notable free agents, player/club/vesting options as well as financial flexibility.

He thought of it all.

The Baltimore Orioles rounded out at the bottom of the power rankings which is sad to know considering that's about where the team is currently. The Atlanta Braves' young squad holds the top spot which isn't too surprising considering Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies are just a fraction of the talent they possess.

The A's and Giants find themselves right in the middle of the power rankings. 

Oakland was projected ever so slightly above San Francisco at the No. 16 overall spot. And look how strange the lineup looks: 

Oakland A's, 2022

Jorge Mateo, LF
Ramón Laureano, CF
Matt Chapman, 3B
Matt Olson, 1B
Stephen Piscotty, DH
Sheldon Neuse, 2B
Sean Murphy, C
Austin Beck, RF
Nick Allen, SS

Pitching Staff

Jesús Luzardo
A.J. Puk
Frankie Montas
Sean Manaea
Chris Bassitt
Lou Trivino

Puk probably will take on a starting role and in 2022 Luzardo will have been in the league a while after his heavily anticipated debut. And of course, Montas will be back from his 80-game PED suspension for a while once the yearly calendar flips a few times.

The Matt's will continue to shine at the corners of the infield and at the plate, so there are no worries there. Chapman isn't a free agent until 2024 -- that should make A's fans happy.

Reuter does mention that there is a lot to think about when it comes to the development of Puk and Luzardo. And as much as we don't want to put this out in the universe, the two did struggle with injuries recently and those don't get erased from your history. 

Allen was mentioned in Reuter's roster, which probably has some asking, "Well, what about Marcus Semien?" That's fair. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported Marcus Semien not only wants an extension but would love for his family to live in the Bay Area year-round. He just changed agencies so the thought is fresh on his mind. 

That could change some things.

And as for the Giants, the roster looks completely different.

San Francisco Giants, 2022

Alexander Canario, LF
Marco Luciano, SS
Heliot Ramos, RF
Joey Bart, C
Hunter Bishop, CF
Logan Wyatt, 1B
Evan Longoria, 3B
Mauricio Dubon, 2B

Pitching Staff

Logan Webb
Sean Hjelle
Seth Corry
Tyler Beede
Shaun Anderson
Melvin Adon

A lot of new names fill the roster, which would appear to be what president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi would want. But people would be curious to know what happened to the big names. Reuter said the assumption would be the Giants declining options on Buster Posey and Johnny Cueto -- that frees up around $75 million heading into the 2021-22 season. And remember, Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith will hit free agency after the 2019 season.

Young Marco Luciano recently told's Jesse Sanchez he wants to play in the MLB in just three years. He's 17-years-old, so you do the math. And in his defense, he's having a very strong Rookie League campaign so that confidence is well-warranted.

The crystal ball proves both teams will be successful if all goes well, but the A's do have a slight edge.