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Now that's an umpbump!The Padres are encouraging manager Bruce Bochy to find another job and it looks like Bochy might be heading to the Giants. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Despite leading the Padres to two consecutive National League West titles, Bochy’s future in San Diego has been cloudy since Sandy Alderson was hired as chief executive officer in 2004. Bochy, who has managed the Padres since 1995, has one year left on his contract and gotten no indication his deal will be extended or renewed.

According to the Chronicle, Bochy has reportedly “accepted the Pares offer to let him pursue other jobs.” Really? The Padres are than anxious to get rid of Bochy that they are encouraging him to find work elsewhere? Are they crazy?

Bochy guided the Padres to the playoffs this year despite a roster that was almost totally devoid of talent. On the eve of the Padres’ first playoff game this season, my buddy Zvee sent out an email that I think best summed up the Padres’ team. It read:

HOW IS THIS A PLAYOFF STARTING LINEUP!?!

UGH!
D Roberts LFB Giles RF T Walker 2B

A Gonzalez 1B

J Bard C

M Cameron CF

R Branyan 3B

G Blum SS

David Wells P

Take a look at that starting nine. Adrian Gonzalez is the only guy who would scare an opposing manager. The rest of the team is just spare parts. Brian Giles used to be an all-star, but his best days are long behind him. Mike Cameron is a decent centerfielder, but he’s not an offensive force. I could go on and on. The point is that the Padres didn’t belong anywhere near the playoffs and much of the credit for the team’s success has to go to Bochy. So how could a GM even think of letting Bochy walk?

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  1. Coley,

    I think I agree that Bochy was a valuable part of the Padres this season. Although I have long thought that Bochy was overrated, it astounds me that he was able to turn that bunch of scrap out in San Diego into a playoff team. I don’t really like him, but you can’t let the guy go – can you?

  2. Coley Ward says:

    This seems to be the offseason of underappreciated managers. I think there’s a real possibility that Joe Girardi, the guy who will almost certainly win manager of the year, is going to be without a job come spring. How is that possible?

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