With Dave Righetti out as pitching coach, all bets are off. Believe it or not, the Bruce Bochy era of the San Francisco Giants could be coming to a close very soon.
The San Francisco Giants are shaking things up, which is understandable after such a dismal season. After another losing year, the shakeup could be an 8 on the Richter Scale.
Let’s begin with the possibility of Bochy’s very crude and ugly exit from San Francisco. This entails a horrible 2018 in which the Giants show very little improvement, and prove they can’t win with their core group of players.
Thus, management decides that Bochy lacks the ability to inspire the troops, and fires him despite his wishes to stay. This would be an ugly and horrid end to the reign of a Hall of fame manager who has done so much for the Giants’ franchise.
What about the factor of Bochy’s declining health? Now, I’m not a doctor, but I would imagine all of Bochy’s heart procedures in the last few years aren’t great. So, let’s say the Giants have another disappointing or mediocre year.
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If management feels that Bochy is not the man to lead the Giants into the future, maybe they could get away with talking him into riding off into the sunset, in the name of health.
And let’s be honest, Bochy could walk away right now and not owe a thing to anybody. I think even after a winning season, this is a likely scenario.
Now, let’s dream up a story-book finish akin to Bill Walsh in 1989.
The Giants make enough moves this offseason and get enough contributions from guys that under-performed last year to get into the playoffs. They beat the Dodgers in the NLCS and go on to win the World Series, capping off an incredible run this decade.
Then, Bochy rides off into the sunset as one of the greatest managers of all time and rests his beautiful heart which has given so much to the San Francisco Giants.
Doesn’t that sound nice? Too bad it probably won’t happen. It’s fun to dream!