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Bruce Bochy is not pleased with Clint Hurdle and Jack McKeon

Jul 6, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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Today on Real Managers of the National League, Bruce fires back after Clint and Jack get all up in his grill!

Jack McKeon and Clint Hurdle, who manage the Marlins and Pirates, respectively, criticized Bruce Bochy for snubbing players on their teams. On Tuesday, Bochy fired back, saying many managers phoned him before the picks were made to lobby for certain players, but McKeon and Hurdle did not.

“What bothers me are some of the comments made by other managers,” Bochy said. “Now you’re getting personal, disparaging other players. That’s not what this game is about. The two that complained, I’ve known them for over 25 years and didn’t hear from them. That bothered me.”

At this point, if baseball truly were a reality show, another manager — say, Don Mattingly — would go to the little confession room or whatever they call it and say “I guess what Bruce just doesn’t understand is that Clint and Jack were just trying to stick up for their own guys. Which is something Bruce would probably do if the situation were reversed.”

I’d like to think that Mattingly would then offer some version of “Oh no he din’t!” but that’s probably asking too much.

  1. bleedgreen - Jul 6, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Not the first time Bochy has looked like an ass.

    • paperlions - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

      Bochy doesn’t look like an ass here….that would be the managers bitching about their players not getting picked. Once the players the fans and players vote in are accounted for, given the rules to fill out the roster, managers really have few options and are pretty handcuffed. A realistic manager realizes that and keeps his mouth shut.

  2. bleedgreen - Jul 6, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Also, does it seem that the All-Star game has turned from ‘Its an honor to be picked’ to ‘Its a disrespect if you’re not picked’ kinda thing? Everyone is snubbed if they don’t get in. Guess what? Its an All-Star game. You can’t take everyone every year. Maybe you should man up, play better, and get voted in instead of just whining and bitching when you don’t.

    • hystoracle - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:20 AM

      Pitchers don’t get voted in. They are selected by the Manager.

      • Paul Zummo - Jul 6, 2011 at 11:08 AM

        Actually they’re voted in by the players. Managers only have a select few picks now.

      • Paul Zummo - Jul 6, 2011 at 11:11 AM

        Just to elaborate: the manager has 8 picks (9 in NL) to be exact. The rest are either fan vote for starters or player vote for the bulk of the reserves.

    • kopy - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      I thought being disrespected was honorable in sports these days anyway. Guaranteed every single player and team in MLB thinks they are “disrespected” and is out to prove the “haters” wrong.

  3. mercyflush - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    If Hurdle or Mckeon dont like his picks, win the pennant this year and pick whomever you want next season.

    Bochy last year earned the right to pick this season’s NL all star reserves. to the victor go the spoils.

  4. joshfrancis50 - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    The ASG has devlolved into an “Everyone Gets a Trophy Day” theme. They give away ASG nods like Ohio State gives away those buckeye helmet stickers. Over the past 15-20 years, being an all-star has just become meaningless.

    • bleedgreen - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM

      This is the same thing thats happened with the NFL Pro-Bowl. No one wants to play cuz they don’t wanna get hurt, so you end up with guys having good, but not great, seasons getting to go because they’re the 5th alternate.

  5. yournuts - Jul 6, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    The all star game is crap. The reason most players want to be picked is because they have a bonus tied to being selected. If the rule of “Winner gets home field advantage during the World Series” wasn’t involved, who would really care about this game? I don’t want any of my favorite team players to play this game because of the injury factor! The home run derby is an even bigger joke! “Who really cares about this event? Pure garbage entertainment.

    As far as Bruce Bochey giving his own guys spots on the all-star team! It’s the way it is in all star games. What would happen if one of his players hurts himself in the game and is lost for the season? As far as I am concerned, the all Star game is a waste of time, but the players need 3 days off.

    • 24may98 - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      Yep. The ASG is AFU.

      Most t hear have not any idea what the game was when e.g. Mays and other HOFers played many innings. It was truly an ALL-STARS game – not a make-believe all-stars game.

  6. skerney - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Hurdle is just trying to bring respectability and vinegar to the Buccos, and Mckeon is trying to light a fire under some talented but under achieving youngsters. In 2009 it was a toss up between Shane Victorino and Pablo Sandoval for the final NL ASG spot, Pablo was hitting .326 at the break but Victorino was voted in by the fans. Then Charlie Manuel selected Jason Werth to replace Carlos Beltran even though Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ibanez were already on the team. Did bochy have a hissy fit because Pablo didn’t get on as a reserve? No, because Charlie Manuel won the world series and Bochy respects that. If you win a ring, you get to make tour all star team to your own liking.

  7. pghburgher - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Forget about the comments made I guess Bochy fely like direct lobbying would be better. I agree that McCutchen being left of is a mistake but the biggest travesty is Bochy Taking Lincecum at 6-7 and Cain at 7-5 and leaving Out Correia at 11-6 and tied for the league lead in wins.

    • skerney - Jul 6, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Your right, Kevin Correia, is so much better a pitcher than Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum. I mean, golly look at all those wins. What a winner that kid is. Winning pitchers just know how to win, ergo, Correia must be just as good as Roy Halladay. Lets not look at any other metric that could categorize what type of pitcher Correia might be, lets just look at the time tested wins of a winner!

      • pghburgher - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:00 PM

        You mean a time tested Winner Like Ryan Voglesong?

  8. skerney - Jul 6, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Vogelsong isn’t an All star because of his W-L record. He has an ERA of 2.13 and with 2/3 of an inning pitched could be second in the NL in ERA. By most advanced metrics he has been one of the top 10 pitchers in the NL since he took over for Zito. Look, we all know he might not have been selected if the Giants hadn’t won the NL last year, but like I said earlier thats the way the world works. pghburgher, you have a legitimate gripe about McCutchen not making the squad, but don’t say Correia is the biggest travesty of them all. Thats silly, Correia has wins but is not that great a pitcher. Matt Cain has had a far better season than he has.

  9. pghburgher - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    These are 2 pitchers neither 1 is .500 for their careers and except for strikeouts no real glaring differences a half a run of era and more homers allowed by Correia but thats it and if that era got Vogelsong there what about Karstens He is Top five in era has the innings only 18 walks whip of 1.07 all better than all three Giants this is about a season not a Career.

  10. skerney - Jul 6, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    You answered your own question.

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