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Bruce Bochy not apologizing for tossing Angels scout

Mar 7, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he doesn’t regret booting Angels scout Jeff Schugel from the stands Wednesday during a team practice. In fact, Bochy thinks it was completely justified:

“You want to go through a fundamental (drill) and I don’t think that’s the time for scouts to be there,” said Bochy. “They have a job to do. I understand that. … We wanted it cleared. We had a couple things we wanted to work on.”

Giants GM Brian Sabean attempted to defuse the matter on Wednesday afternoon, calling the situation “a misunderstanding” and assuring reporters that scouts from all teams are allowed inside the Giants’ facilities. He might want to have a private chat with his skipper to clear that up, since Bochy seems to be the only person involved with a different interpretation of the rules.

  1. lyon810 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    I just can’t get enough of this story…rich, and compelling

  2. ezthinking - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Giants seem to be consistent in whining about, well.., everything. Rockies baseballs, where the A’s play, scouts in the stands. Try focusing on why your team can’t hit and maybe the results you seek will reappear.

  3. jason1214 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    YEAH Bruce, he was there scouting your “drill”……………idiot

  4. drpaisley - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Defuse, not diffuse. Looking forward to the upcoming “Spygate” accusations.

  5. Walk - Mar 7, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    What exatcly were the ginats doing? With a reaction like this it makes you think they were trying to hide something. If that was case why were they doing it on the field and not inside somewhere if they wanted to keep it hidden. I am only being half serious there, overeracting to the situation just to call attention to the fact that the giants seriously overreacted to the point where they can now expect the same treatment.

    • The Baseball Idiot - Mar 8, 2012 at 3:13 AM

      Mostly because if you want to practice something that happens on the field, you acutally pracitce it on the field.

      It gets a little crowded in the classroom, and the fences are really close.

  6. jeffharwell3 - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    All the haters trying to call Bochy and idiot. this dude pulled all the right strings in 2010 and out managed the 3 best teams in baseball that year.. show the man the respect he deserves

    • paperlions - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      That is 12 kinds of funny. Somehow having a fantastic pitching staff is “pulling the right strings”. Uh huh. Managers in baseball get way too much credit for team success, while leadership is important…the work of the GM and pitching coach are likely more directly related to winning.

      In any case, this was a moronic thing for Bochy to care about. This isn’t football where you actually have….you know….plays. What secret was the scout going to learn? That Giant pitchers were going to try to get hitters out? Or maybe that Giant fielders were going to try to catch the ball? Yep, those Angels are sneaky…trying to learn those keys to baseball success.

      • nineroutsider - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        I agree that Bochy did an amazing job managing the 2010 team, especially since I watched about 160 of their games that year…Boch was walking on water in September and the postseason and if you don’t know that, you don’t know baseball.

        However, I also agree that Bochy went a little far here; I certainly don’t want Giant scouts getting evicted from spring training stadiums. I am willing to give Boch the benefit of the doubt, but if Giant scouts get the same treatment it will be a disappointing and not worth it. I still don’t understand entirely why he did it.

  7. whosgotitbetter - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I pretty sure the reason why Bochy would do this is because of the 4 major injuries to the Giants that are healing. He doesnt want to give anyone a sense of how far along Posey, Wilson, Vogelsong and Sanchez are in their respective healing processes and since they all are participating in team/position drills, a trained scout will be able to tell how long it is expected to be until they return. Plus from what i have heard, no scouts are allowed to be watching a team as it goes threw its drills

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