Bochy’s championship resume ranks among game’s best

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KANSAS CITY – He keeps a pretty low profile.

It’s only on nights like Wednesday, when a party erupts in the clubhouse and the Giants are once again kings of Major League Baseball, that you really zero in on what manager Bruce Bochy has accomplished leading this club.

With the Giants’ 3-2 victory over the Royals in Wednesday’s Game 7, Bochy became just the 10th manager in history to win three World Series titles.

The other nine form a legendary list that spans the decades – Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Miller Huggins, Tony La Russa, Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, John McGraw, Casey Stengel, and Joe Torre. All nine are in the Hall of Fame.

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Bochy’s three rings tie McGraw for the most won by any Giants skipper.

Since taking over the Giants before the 2007 season, Bochy has navigated the path to World Series crowns in 2010, 2012 and now 2014. In the process, the Giants have dispatched 10 consecutive postseason foes.

In 2010, they beat the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. In 2012, they took care of the Cincinnati Reds, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers. This fall, they toppled the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Wild Card game, then advanced past the Washington Nationals and the Cardinals before beating Kansas City in seven games for a third championship.

Bochy was asked the question that’s likely to generate plenty of debate in the coming days: Are the Giants a dynasty?

“The fact that we’re even mentioned like that is an honor,” Bochy said. “We had a couple off-years in there, but you get three (titles) in five years, that says a lot about this club.”

Phillies’ Bryce Harper to miss start of season after elbow surgery

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PHILADELPHIA – Phillies slugger Bryce Harper will miss the start of the 2023 season after he had reconstructive right elbow surgery.

The operation was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

Harper is expected to return to Philadelphia’s lineup as the designated hitter by the All-Star break. He could be back in right field by the end of the season, according to the team.

The 30-year-old Harper suffered a small ulnar collateral ligament tear in his elbow in April. He last played right field at Miami on April 16. He had a platelet-rich plasma injection in May and shifted to designated hitter.

Harper met Nov. 14 with ElAttrache, who determined the tear did not heal on its own, necessitating surgery.

Even with the elbow injury, Harper led the Phillies to their first World Series since 2009, where they lost in six games to Houston. He hit .349 with six homers and 13 RBIs in 17 postseason games.

In late June, Harper suffered a broken thumb when he was hit by a pitch and was sidelined for two months. The two-time NL MVP still hit .286 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs for the season.

Harper left Washington and signed a 13-year, $330 million contract with the Phillies in 2019. A seven-time All-Star, Harper has 285 career home runs.

With Harper out, the Phillies could use Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber at designated hitter. J.T. Realmuto also could serve as the DH when he needs a break from his catching duties.