Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bochy and Sabean Extended Through 2013

The Giants have announced that Bruce Bochy and Brian Sabean have been signed through 2013, with options for 2014. This, of course, is no surprise. We've always figured that Bochy and Sabean were staying put, all part of the plan, just like locking up Cain and Lincecum for the next few years, or like filling out the roster with veterans.

Which means two more years, at least, of the debate between the pro-Bochy camp, who point out his skills with handling pitching and the whole World Series thing, and the anti-Bochy camp, who begrudge his ever present veteran-philia, which is aided and abetted by Sabean.

Before we fire this up (whenever I get around to pondering the merits of Belt, Pill, and Huff), it struck me that Bochy's love of veterans might be ever so slightly overstated. 

True, it's easy to get fired up when Belt or Crawford were sitting on the bench while Rowand, O. Cabrera, and Huff were all out on the field (see how these things blur together? I don't even think those five were together on the 25 man squad at any point in the season)--there are eight position players in the lineup at any given time. Yet he doesn't hesitate with the rookie (or younger) pitchers. Sure we could think of Dan Runzler starting against Houston, but he stuck with Bumgarner through the 0-6 start--and he's also benched the veteran Zito numerous times (including, of course, the 2010 playoffs). I think I've just argued myself into the 'pro' camp, but if the plan is "pitching, pitching, and more pitching," then I can't argue (just yet?) with another two years of Bruce Bochy.

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