There are few pitchers who have had more success in an elimination game than SF Giants legend Madison Bumgarner. The left-handed hurler still has a good sense of humor as well, offering to pitch for Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy ahead of Game 7 of the ALCS against the Houston Astros.
Former SF Giants legend had hilarious proposal for Bruce Bochy ahead of Game 7 of ALCS
The Rangers clinched a spot in the World Series on Monday night after defeating the Astros by a score of 11-4. Houston held a 3-2 lead in the series over the weekend but dropped the final two games.
For Bochy, this will be his fifth trip to the World Series. He becomes just the third manager in baseball history to reach the World Series with three different teams. The other two were Bill McKechnie and Dick Williams. This is yet another accomplishment to add to Bochy's Hall of Fame résumé.
The first trip came with the San Diego Padres way back in 1998. Of course, he returned to the World Series with the Giants in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Now, he has taken the Rangers to the World Series. Bochy's Giants defeated Texas in 2010 to mark the first title in five seasons.
It helps to get some otherwordly performances as well. Bochy, Bumgarner, and Buster Posey are forever intertwined for their respective roles in the Giants dynasty. Bumgarner, in particular, rose to the occasion when the games mattered most. The left-handed hurler pitched in several elimination games and is arguably the greatest World Series pitcher in baseball history.
His minuscule 0.25 ERA across 36 World Series innings is the lowest mark in history among pitchers with at least 20 innings pitched. So, the tall lefty has the résumé to pitch in big games that few in baseball can match and speak about.
It is great to see that Bumgarner still remains in contact with Bochy. The 34-year-old was released by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this year and it felt like a reunion with his longtime manager made a lot of sense. That could still happen down the road, but for now, Bumgarner will just have to continue pitching the idea to Bochy.