SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – If you sent a congratulatory message to Bruce Bochy and you have not received a response yet, do not worry. There is a whole backlog.
A day after announcing it would be his last season, Bochy had stated that he could not believe how many people had stood out over the next few hours.
"By the time I returned to my office, the phone had completely exploded," he said. "I did not see that coming in. I heard everyone."
Bochy had a break after texting on Tuesday morning, when the Giants took the field for the first round of stick training sessions. It started with Madison Bumgarner versus Joey Bart, because the other members of Bart's strike group wanted him to go first.
"They wanted to make sure that Bum would not throw in one direction and in the first pitch," Bochy said with a smile. "So they put the kid up there."
Bumgarner did not throw on Bart. It's an observation of the day, here are some others …
Jeff Samardzija said that he had eight obstacles to overcome this spring: Bullpen session, "heavy" session, live session, then five starts of the Cactus League. He went through his BP tour on Tuesday and said it was good. Samardzija threw all his shots against players in a backcourt.
"No pain, no restrictions," he said. "I just need more work."
He will get it. Samardzija, victim of a shoulder injury ending the season, will be in the rotation when the Giants will give the kickoff to the spring action that will take place this weekend. end. Giants are encouraged by what he feels and expect Samardzija to be ready to start the season.
"I thought he had started very well," Bochy said. "He had a nice day there."
We got used to trashy discussions on the first day of BP, but nothing like it today. We have not seen a Bumgarner vs Buster Posey match like we have in the past. There was an interesting feel to the sessions, though.
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The Giants installed a TrackMan machine behind the launcher and a Rapsoda device about 20 meters from the mound. They monitor the speed of rotation, the launch point, etc. on almost any terrain, even if it's only live BP.
For years, Dave Righetti and Mark Gardner stood behind the pitcher. On Tuesday, it was Yo Miyamoto, the video systems manager of the club. He had a laptop in his hand and could transmit the data directly to the pitcher. The Giants were already using TrackMan and Rapsodo last season, but they certainly seemed to go even further in the thick of things.
The versatility of the camp.
The guys will move everywhere during the camp, so nothing can be deciphered sooner. But it was interesting to see Aramis Garcia work a lot yesterday, and Stephen Vogt spent a good part of the first training by taking flying balloons to the left. Bochy said the team could carry three sensors, so at least one of the backups will have to be able to move on the ground.
Don Newcombe, the legendary pitcher of the Dodgers, died at the age of 92. I will never forget how Newcombe would visit Bochy at every Dodger series. He was still in costume, even though it was hot at Dodger Stadium, and he was walking around when Bochy was talking to the media and waiting patiently with his wife, Karen. Often, they stayed there for 10 to 15 minutes and waited for Bochy to complete the required work before he could chat quickly.
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"Every time we went to L.A., they made sure to come and greet us," said Bochy. "We talked about baseball and different things, I do not know if we've missed a show already, it's nice for this man to come say hello to me. so much for what he did at baseball – This guy won a Cy Young and an MVP in a year and served in the army.
"He was really a nice gentleman that I'm sure to be a source of inspiration for all LA players."