Tim Flannery

Ex-Giants coach Tim Flannery details bout with depression in HEADSTRONG

Ex-Giants coach Tim Flannery details bout with depression in HEADSTRONG

Depression isn't selective. It can hit any one of us at any time without warning.

Whether you're a major league baseball coach, high school teacher, stock trader or something else, depression isn't picky and it is hell on whoever it hits.

Former Giants coach Tim Flannery detailed his own bout with depression after the death of his father for the NBC Sports documentary "HEADSTRONG: Mental health and sports."

"When you're out there all alone, in cities away from support, it's really easy to have your mind go a different route and convince you of a whole bunch of things," Flannery said. "Because people lose their families, they lose themselves in the demand of the schedule and the demand of trying to win. 

"It's difficult. There was a year in [1999] after my dad passed away -- he died viciously of Alzheimer's and he was 73 years old," Flannery continued. "I was dealing with that every day then coaching in the big leagues every night. After that year, I went into a chemical depression where I couldn't get out of bed for 13 months. I was chronic fatigue.

"I didn't think I was ever going to get well again. Alone, weeping, medicating. It's not actually just the game but it's all that comes with it that people don't see that causes other reactions. But you've got to find a way to stay healthy."

For Flannery, it was his love of music that helped him during his bout with depression and throughout his playing and coaching career.

"If I didn't have my music, that saved me night after night," Flannery said. "Music therapy you realize what it does to you -- makes you feel really good. My music is my way to help others through performing. The music's been a great friend and it's gotten better and better and better. Just like anything else, you have to do the reps, you got to do the shows, you got to play the games, you got to play over and over and over to get to a point where you look back and you realize that if you work hard and if you prepare and if you dream -- some of those dreams can come true."

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You can watch all of the "HEADSTRONG: Mental Health and Sports" vignettes right here. The full documentary will be playing all month on NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California.

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How Bruce Bochy got friend Tim Flannery back into coaching with Giants

How Bruce Bochy got friend Tim Flannery back into coaching with Giants

When Bruce Bochy was about to take the Giants' managerial job ahead of the 2007 season, he called an old friend.

Tim Flannery had worked as Bochy's third-base coach in San Diego from 1996 through 2002, but hadn't coached since. 

"I was walking my dog with my wife," Flannery recalled to NBC Sports Bay Area in "Toast to Boch," a one-hour TV special saluting the retiring Giants manager. "I was out of the you game, and you said, 'You got one more ride left in ya?' You sent me [episodes of the 1985 miniseries] "Lonesome Dove," a couple old farmers kicking pigs around, right? You said, 'I need ya.' I left everything to come up here. My wife looked at me and said, 'You're going again?' [I said,] 'Boch says they're trying to win up here.'"

They didn't just try. Flannery, who played with Bochy for five seasons in San Diego, once again served as his third-base coach in San Francisco and coached the Giants through their most successful period since the franchise moved to the Bay Area.

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The Giants won three World Series, their first in San Francisco, from 2010 through 2014. After two losses in the Fall Classic playing and coaching alongside Bochy in San Diego in 1984 and 1998, Flannery and Bochy finally lifted the Commissioner's Trophy as Giants.  

"You're the only manager I worked for -- 15 years," the current NBC Sports Bay Area analyst said. "You took me to five World Series -- two as a player. We won three. You took me to three All-Star Games. I never would've gone to those places without you. I can't thank you enough."

If you missed the Saturday night premiere of “Toast to Boch,” you can catch re-airings Sunday at 4:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

Giants owe it to Madison Bumgarner to trade him, Tim Flannery says

Giants owe it to Madison Bumgarner to trade him, Tim Flannery says

For the first three months of the MLB season, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Giants would trade franchise legend Madison Bumgarner before the July 31 MLB trade deadline.

But after winning 12 of their last 14 games, the Giants all of the sudden stand just 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot, and the chatter of whether they should actually deal Bumgarner has increased exponentially.

Should they trade him anyway despite the recent hot streak? Or should they hold on to their ace and hope he can lead them to another magical October?

NBC Sports Bay Area analyst Tim Flannery, who coached Bumgarner on Bruce Bochy's staff through 2014, believes that if the Giants don’t sign their ace to a market-value contract extension right now, they have to trade him.

“If you’re going to keep him, you have to re-sign him to market value with an extension now,” Flannery told NBC Sports Bay Area. “You can’t keep him and not sign him. Free agency, as we have seen, is not working with the compensation draft pick connected to a team signing him.”

Indeed, free agency was not kind to pitchers last offseason. Both Dallas Keuchel (Atlanta Braves) and Craig Kimbrel (Chicago Cubs) had to wait until June to sign with their current clubs because of the draft pick compensation rule. Essentially, signing a marquee free agent -- like Bumgarner will be this offseason -- would cost the signing team a draft pick in the 2020 MLB draft. 

So for Bumgarner, his market could be tepid this offseason if the Giants hold on to him. But if they trade him this summer, by rule, the draft pick compensation is nullified.

“They owe it to Bumgarner to trade him,” Flannery said, noting how staying put in San Francisco without a new deal could hurt Bumgarner’s earning potential this offseason.

“Bum signed a very team-friendly contract a few years ago. He helped win three world championships and made lots of money for this organization. Now he needs to be treated with class and respect. You either sign him to an extension or trade him so he can get paid and you can get something for him.”

This trade wouldn’t just be the Giants doing charity. Dealing Bumgarner at the deadline instantly would replenish the Giants' farm system and give San Francisco something in return for its ace rather than losing him for nothing in the offseason (other than the aforementioned draft pick compensation). 

Although the Giants are surging right now and there’s optimism for ending Bochy’s last season on a high note, this current group still is not a World Series contender. Holding out hope for the pipe dream of Bumgarner putting the team on his shoulders again simply is not worth it.

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The Giants need to trade Bumgarner. It’s in Bumgarner’s best financial interest to get traded by the Giants. Barring an in-season extension, this is the only outcome that makes sense for both sides.

Bumgarner forever will be a legend at 24 Willie Mays Plaza. But as Flannery says, it’s in the best interest for all if he dons another uniform come Aug. 1.