I was listening to Marty Lurie's postgame wrap-up on KNBR 680 (meh, it's OK, but nothing compared to that of Damon Bruce, from last season) when someone called and told Marty that the fodgers hitting coach would be a great hire for the 2011 Giants managerial position. And I began to think - this caller knows what he is talking about. Not only will the Giants have stolen a huge piece from the fodgers who knows the fodger roster very well (and who is probably in line to succeed Joe Torre when Torre leaves after this season), but they will also have someone who knows a thing or two about hitting and who will not stand for bullshit (i.e. getting shut out, not being able to move runners over/drive them in/bad situational baseball play in general).
Bochy is an OK manager, but here are his flaws:
1) He tends to stick with the "hot hitter" so when that guy turns "cold" there tends to be a bit of trouble finding the next "hot hitter," because the Giants typically need to rely on one to manufacture some runs.
2) Thus younger players are not played much and have their growth stunted, for if there is no "hot hitter" to be found, the vets get to play simply for the experience factor. The worst part is, he does not seem to learn from this and take a chance on a young, potential up-and-comer.
3) He cannot tell his minor league managers to teach the hitters to bunt. The bunt is completely out of the Giants offense, except when a pitcher does it.
4) He sometimes makes the shittiest lineups. RENT SUCKS!!! PUT HIM 8TH!!! Who else is sick of Molina hitting cleanup? Today he put Torres at leadoff. Torres is a #2 hitter. The Giants do not have a true leadoff guy but Rowand's their best option there simply because he does not feel the pressure of driving guys in (although he is in a bit of a slump right now). Also, Why had Schierholtz been hitting 8th?
5) He has not had much success in the postseason. The best record he's had in October is 7-7 (in 1998) when the beloved Pads were swept in the World Series.
6) He sometimes takes pitchers out too soon, and gives too much attention to pitch count.
If the Giants are successful in paying Mattingly more than the fodgers, the next decade of our rivalry may be one of ownage by the Giants' part. He will demand good hitters, and will also be able to teach a thing of two to the ones already here. Maybe then management will come up with a successful "Giants Way" formula, which they seriously lack.
One more thing: The Giants better sweep LOLkland in SF.