Kershaw or Bumgarner? Who would Bochy rather have for next decade?
San Francisco’s Bruce Bochy became the 10th manager to win at least three World Series when the Giants claimed the title in late October.
But the veteran skipper — eight years with the Giants and 12 with the Padres — isn’t even thinking about the Hall of Fame, he said on the "Jay Mohr Sports" show on FOX Radio on Wednesday.
"It’s not something I ever think about," Bochy answered when asked by host Mohr. "I’m humbled that (it’s) ever mentioned. I’m doing what I love to do. I was a role player, a backup catcher (before managing).
"That Hall’s something I look at as a place for the guys I grew up idolizing, Mickey Mantle, Johnny Bench, those guys. I don’t allow myself, nor will I ever (think about it). I’m just blessed to be in a place where I get the resources to make this happen."
Nothing wrong with being modest and not sounding cocky. But what about when Mohr asked the skipper who he would pick if given the choice of having World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner or likely back-to-back NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw for the next 10 years?
"There’s no question who I would say," Bochy said. "And it’s not to disrespect Kershaw, but obviously with my time with Madison, what I think of this kid and what he’s done for us here … not just in the postseason, I mean that’s been incredible, but he’s been good during the season, too.
"I’m going to have to go with my guy. I just love this kid. He is like my kid. There is not a wrong choice, trust me. But he is like a family member, and I cannot not take him at this point."
Bochy also talked about fiery Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.
"Lowest maintenance guy I ever had," Bochy said. "Just put his name in there (the lineup) and he just keeps going. … He’s all-in. We call him ‘full throttle.’
"I don’t care if it’s running down the line, it’s a two-hopper to the shortstop or a chance to get a seeing-eye base hit, or talking to the club. He is just all-in. He’s entertaining."
For the entire interview, hit the play button below.