Geez, why couldn’t the Royals’ hitters lay off that high fastball? Who’s their hitting coach?
And speaking of people engaged in something perhaps more gratifying than managing the Cubs, Bochy was a strong contender for the Cubs’ managerial post when they hired Piniella in 2006. Piniella and Bochy were in play both in San Francisco and Chicago.
From the San Diego Union-Trib in October, 2006:
Cubs GM Jim Hendry said Thursday he was expecting to meet with Bochy soon, but according to Chicago sources, he shifted yesterday after being told by upper management he can’t go with Bochy because Piniella and Girardi, a former Cub, resonate more with the team’s fan base.
Fueling reports that he will become the Cubs manger, Piniella told San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean yesterday he is withdrawing from the Bay Area team’s managerial search.
Bochy said last night he wasn’t surprised to learn the Cubs appear as though they will hire either Piniella – a close friend of his – or Girardi. As for other would-be suitors, Bochy said, “I’ve got to think this through and digest it. I’ve got to do what’s best for myself and my family. That’s what I’m going to do the next couple of days.”
Bochy was destined for San Francisco later that month and ultimately, they’re saying, for Cooperstown, which is probably a lot better than the one-way ticket to Palookaville that the Cubs, in those bad old days, dangled in front of prospective hires.