Bruce Bochy

David Hernandez shares a laugh with former Giant Aubrey Huff in 2009. Before joining the Giants on Wednesday, Hernandez played in Baltimore, Arizona and Philadelphia. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

Spring training updates: Giants add vet to bullpen mix

On the first day of official workouts, Bruce Bochy has a good…

David Hernandez shares a laugh with former Giant Aubrey Huff in 2009. Before joining the Giants on Wednesday, Hernandez played in Baltimore, Arizona and Philadelphia. (Keith Allison/Flickr)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) watches a game against the Colorado Rockies from the dugout at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on September 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy on retirement: ‘Never crossed my mind’

AT&T PARK — Bruce Bochy, like anyone connected to the San Francisco…

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) watches a game against the Colorado Rockies from the dugout at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., on September 27, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
With Angel Pagan out of the lineup, the Giants have a big question mark in left field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants’ biggest lineup question heading into spring training: Who plays left field?

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants have relatively few position dilemmas…

With Angel Pagan out of the lineup, the Giants have a big question mark in left field. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Mark Melancon. (Courtesy photo)

Mark Melancon’s arrival ushers in new era for Giants bullpen

AT&T PARK — Sitting in a fourth-floor luxury suite, overlooking his new home…

Mark Melancon. (Courtesy photo)
Larry Baer, Bobby Evans and Bruce Bochy (right) welcomed Mark Melancon on Friday. (Karl Buscheck/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mark Melancon calls Giants ‘best fit from Day 1’

AT&T PARK — It took no time for Mark Melancon — the new closer…

Larry Baer, Bobby Evans and Bruce Bochy (right) welcomed Mark Melancon on Friday. (Karl Buscheck/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Chicago Cubs technically eliminated the San Francisco Giants. In reality, it was the Giants' own inaction at the deadline that buried them. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants can look in mirror for BS (blown saves)

History says the Giants’ season crashed and burned in Game 4 of…

The Chicago Cubs technically eliminated the San Francisco Giants. In reality, it was the Giants' own inaction at the deadline that buried them. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Giants are unsure about who will man the mound for the ninth inning in 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Time is right for Giants to ‘explore all options’ in ninth

AT&T PARK — Flanked by Larry Baer to his left and Brian Sabean and…

The Giants are unsure about who will man the mound for the ninth inning in 2017. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Giants will not be adding another championship flag after losing to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

An unfamiliar familiar finish: Bullpen implodes, Giants eliminated in playoffs for first time under Bochy

AT&T PARK — As Javier Baez rounded first in the ninth inning…

The Giants will not be adding another championship flag after losing to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
There was plenty of celebrating at AT&T Park on Monday for the Giants' Game 3 win over the Chicago Cubs. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Derek Law celebrated by manager for Game 3 shows of emotion

AT&T PARK — After retiring the side in order in the top of the…

There was plenty of celebrating at AT&T Park on Monday for the Giants' Game 3 win over the Chicago Cubs. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The Giants weren't able to provide their fans with the customary jubilation this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The 2016 Giants: When torture goes too far

A decisive Game 5 at Wrigley Field was within reach for the…

The Giants weren't able to provide their fans with the customary jubilation this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Angel Pagan may be available in Game 4 of the NLDS, but it seems unlikely. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

With Angel Pagan and Eduardo Núñez hobbled, Giants working with short bench in elimination game

AT&T PARK — Bruce Bochy will be working with a dangerously thin bench as…

Angel Pagan may be available in Game 4 of the NLDS, but it seems unlikely. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy prefer their players approach an elimination game the same they'd any other game. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Cubs manager not viewing potential NLDS elimination tilt as anything but another game

AT&T PARK — The Chicago Cubs are one win away from punching their…

Joe Maddon and Bruce Bochy prefer their players approach an elimination game the same they'd any other game. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) high fives San Francisco Giants third base coach Roberto Kelly (39) after hitting a home run earlier this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants know a 2-0 series deficit isn’t a death sentence

AT&T PARK — Bruce Bochy is plenty familiar with climbing out of 2-0 holes…

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) high fives San Francisco Giants third base coach Roberto Kelly (39) after hitting a home run earlier this season. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) connects with a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

So much happened in Game 3, all that matters: Giants stay alive

Yes, it’s an Even Year. What else needs to be said? Except…

San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik (12) connects with a pitch against the Chicago Cubs during Game 3 of the NLDS at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Monday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Bruce Bochy appreciates a good rally cry when he hears one, but does not believe in the Even Year lore. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy: ‘We don’t think we’re going to win the World Series every Even Year’

AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants have never lost a postseason series under Bruce…

Bruce Bochy appreciates a good rally cry when he hears one, but does not believe in the Even Year lore. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants fans watch a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bruce Bochy: ‘It’s up to us to take care of business’

AT&T PARK — There will be no Madison Bumgarner sightings in Game 162,…

San Francisco Giants fans watch a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Park on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gordon Beckham, who used to be on the Chicago White Sox with Jeff Samardzija and Conor Gillaspie, won't be with the Giants for a long time. But he hopes to be with them for a good time. (Keith Allison/Flickr)

The curious case of Gordon Beckham

AT&T PARK — Gordon Beckham began his Tuesday morning at his house…

Gordon Beckham, who used to be on the Chicago White Sox with Jeff Samardzija and Conor Gillaspie, won't be with the Giants for a long time. But he hopes to be with them for a good time. (Keith Allison/Flickr)
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) waits in the batter's box for a pitch against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park  on September 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Belt stays in second spot and Panik returns to lineup vs. Kershaw

AT&T PARK — Even with Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Bruce Bochy is sticking…

San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt (9) waits in the batter's box for a pitch against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park  on September 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig could square off again for all Bruce Bochy knows. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bochy on potential of Bum vs. Puig, round 2: ‘I couldn’t give you the odds’

AT&T PARK — The last time Madison Bumgarner faced Yasiel Puig and the Los…

Madison Bumgarner and Yasiel Puig could square off again for all Bruce Bochy knows. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jake Peavy is officially a "Good Guy" according to voters. (Courtesy photo)

Jake Peavy voted ‘Good Guy’ and Gordon Beckham set for first start

AT&T PARK — If the wild-card race is wearing on Bruce Bochy, he wasn't…

Jake Peavy is officially a "Good Guy" according to voters. (Courtesy photo)