Bloom: Bochy once again pulling all the right strings

From SABR member Barry M. Bloom at on October 17, 2014:

Jake Peavy has witnessed Bruce Bochy manage since he was a 20-year-old pitcher just emerging with the Padres. Needless to say, Peavy has grown in awe of Bochy’s ability to use players and his feel for the game. Bochy is in his 20th season managing, 12 with the Padres and eight in San Francisco.

Peavy is back in the World Series for the second year in a row after 11 seasons in the wilderness, winning it last year with the Red Sox. When Travis Ishikawa hit the walk-off, three-run homer on Thursday night at AT&T Park to defeat the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, it took Bochy and the Giants back to the World Series for the third time in five years.

The Giants already have won the Fall Classic in 2010 and ’12. A third title in a best-of-seven series that opens against the Royals at Kaufman Stadium on Tuesday night would cement Bochy’s credentials for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Peavy postured. Comparatively, Bobby Cox, who was inducted this past summer along with fellow skippers Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, only won the World Series once in five tries with the Braves.

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Originally published: October 17, 2014. Last Updated: October 17, 2014.