Bruce Bochy

Ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen describes time Bruce Bochy bashed TV with bat

Ex-Giant Kevin Frandsen describes time Bruce Bochy bashed TV with bat

Not all of us remember what it was like to watch Bruce Bochy hitting as an MLB player. His days wielding a baseball bat ended in 1987.

Or did they ... ?

The former Giants manager once lost his cool and took it out on a clubhouse TV, as former Giants infielder Kevin Frandsen explained.

“My locker was right there, right when you walked into the clubhouse, straight on,” Frandsen said in an interview with KNBR. “Bochy walks in … he’s not graceful when he walks, he just kind of lumbers in there and he was pissed. And we knew he was pissed. We were playing bad."

Frandsen spent five total seasons across his nine-year career with the Giants, including 2007-2009 with Bochy at the helm. Frandsen admitted he had "screwed up" a couple of games before, but this tirade didn't appear to be related to that, making him wonder why Bochy was as mad as he was.

"I’m like ‘Man, I’m good, what’s he all pissed about’ -- he’s walking towards me," Frandsen added. "This is not good. He just goes right by me, into my locker and there’s my bat that’s sitting right there, and he looks at it and gives me like a grunt, the old grunt that he does."

“He walks over to the TV and he gives it one whack. It doesn’t go. It pisses him off even more, and he obliterates the next screen. He walked back over (to Frandsen’s locker), said maybe one little thing, puts the bat back in the locker and walks right to his office."

So what was the reason that Bochy was so upset? Golden Tee, the golf arcade game.

Frandsen, now an announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies, admitted that the players were playing the arcade game in the back until 7:00, for a 7:15 game. All TVs were supposed to be off starting around 6:30 - 6:45.

The Giants didn't have a ton of rules, but this rule was one that clearly couldn't be broken, Frandsen added. 

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After the fiasco, they heard Bochy loud and clear.

“Everyone’s sitting there like, ‘Oh yeah, we got the message! Hey, TVs off 6:45 here we go fellas!’ I mean it was frightening. That’s Boch. There you go.”

Phillies fire Gabe Kapler, who has history with Giants' Farhan Zaidi

Phillies fire Gabe Kapler, who has history with Giants' Farhan Zaidi

Farhan Zaidi has a number of important decisions to make this offseason, with the search to find Bruce Bochy's replacement as Giants manager leading the list.

A number of names already have been floated as potential Bochy replacements, including A's bench coach Mark Kotsay and Dodgers special assistant Raul Ibanez. While Ibanez reportedly will not seek a managerial job at this time, another name hit the market Thursday when Gabe Kapler was fired after two disappointing seasons as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Kapler might not be out of work for very long, though. Kapler worked alongside Zaidi in LA and the Giants president of baseball operations gave him a glowing recommendation, which helped him land the job in Philadelphia.

With Kapler no longer at the helm of the Phillies, he could be a candidate to come to the Bay and manage the Giants, USA Today's Bob Nightengale mentioned Thursday after Kapler was canned. 

When Zaidi and Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman were looking for a new manager in 2015, it came down to Kapler and Dave Roberts. Roberts got the job and Kapler continued to help shape the Dodgers' farm system before landing the Phillies job

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Kapler was 161-163 in two seasons in Philadelphia. Despite being given a roster deemed by many to be the class of the NL East, Kapler was unable to get the Fightin' Phils to the postseason in 2019, leading to his departure. While injuries were a big reason for the Phillies down year, Kapler faced criticism for the way he handled the pitching staff from his very first game as Phillies manager and the questions about his ability to be a successful major league manager never dissipated.

There now are eight teams with managerial openings, which will make the decision that much more difficult for Zaidi.

Kapler is a polarizing figure in the baseball world. Zaidi once quipped that "75 percent of that was the Google image search."

His stint in Philadelphia didn't do much to change the narrative surrounding him. But Kapler and Zaidi have a connection and that's at least enough to put his name firmly in the running to take the reins from Boch.

The process, however, is just getting started.

Bruce Bochy sends Hunter Bishop heartfelt tweet after mother's death

Bruce Bochy sends Hunter Bishop heartfelt tweet after mother's death

Suzy Bishop, the mother of Giants prospect Hunter Bishop and Mariners prospect Braden Bishop, died Saturday after a five-year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 59 years old. 

Bruce Bochy never will have the opportunity to manage Hunter, but the former Giants manager showed support for Bishop, San Francisco's top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. 

Bochy's mother, Melrose, died of Alzheimer's in 2007. Clearly, the former skipper's words went a long way to the young Giants outfield prospect. 

Hunter and Braden have been raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer's research ever since Suzy was diagnosed in 2014. Braden began the 4MOM charity while he played at the University of Washington. 

"He created it and it's totally his, but I'm definitely a big help and I'm trying to spread the word in Arizona as much as I can," Hunter said in 2017.

While the 4MOM charity will continue, Hunter and Braden are creating the "Suzy Bishop Memorial Grant" in their mother's honor. 

The Bishop brothers grew up in Palo Alto and were local star prep athletes before playing in college and going high in the MLB draft.