San Francisco Giants: Is it Time to Make a Move at Manager?
With the 2018 regular season coming to an end we’ve already seen a lot of managers fired. We’ll look at if the San Francisco Giants should continue the trend.
Most reports indicate that Bruce Bochy will be back with the San Francisco Giants for 2019 despite missing the postseason for the second straight season.
But is that the right decision? Is it time for a change in manager?
I would say no only because I don’t think the Giants are close to winning. I would rather them wait to make a change when the team is ready to win again.
Bochy is comfortable with the guys in-house, and I believe they are comfortable with him.
However, you can argue that the clubhouse lacks leadership, especially with Pence likely out, and the players aren’t responding to Bochy’s message anymore.
If the past two seasons are any indication, that certainly appears to be the case. This team has played uninspired baseball for two years now.
I don’t want to put all of the blame on Bochy, and obviously, he’s been dealing with some health issues off the field that are more important than what’s happening on the field.
In the end, I think Bochy gets one more year with the Giants, and if they have another subpar year in 2019 I think the San Francisco Giants decide to ‘mutually’ part ways.
The only reason you might consider moving on from Bochy now is because of the names available.
Paul Molitor was let go by the Twins, as was Buck Showalter from the Orioles, and John Gibbons from the Blue Jays. Mike Scioscia stepped down as the Angels manager.
And then you have Joe Girardi sitting out there as well.
Molitor, Gibbons, and Girardi would all be great replacements in my opinion — with Girardi being my favorite. Showalter and Scioscia are probably past their prime.
My guess is that when the San Francisco Giants are ready to hire a new manager, they are going to look for a young, inexperienced guy as that seems to be the trend these days. Someone who is heavy on the analytical side of things.
Whatever the case may be, it appears that Bruce Bochy goes into the 2019 season as a lame duck manager for the San Francisco Giants.