Last night’s Giants victory was the 1,500th of manager Bruce Bochy’s career, making him the 21st manager in baseball history to reach that milestone.
Of those 21 managers three are active (Bochy, Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker) and 12 are in the Hall of Fame, with four others (Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Lou Piniella) likely to join them in Cooperstown eventually.
Bochy is 1,500-1,498 for his career, which is the fourth-lowest winning percentage of the 21 managers with 1,500-plus wins ahead of only Connie Mack, Bucky Harris, and Gene Mauch, all of whom were below .500. However, since Bochy went from the Padres to the Giants he has a .512 winning percentage and two World Series titles in seven seasons.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.