SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy expected to hear more about the players he supposedly snubbed in filling out this year's National League All-Star team, but that didn't stop him from feeling disappointed in some of his fellow managers, who perhaps crossed the line between defending their players and attacking Bochy or his selections.
Florida manager Jack McKeon lobbied for pitcher Anibal Sanchez, criticizing the selection of Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum in the process, while Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle said, "I think everybody whiffed on this one," regarding outfielder Andrew McCutchen being left out. Having long held relationships with both managers, Bochy was disappointed that he hadn't heard from either when they spoke out to the media.
"It does bother me, some comments that are made from other managers, to be honest. Because now, you start getting a little personal and disparaging other players. I don't think that's what this game's about," Bochy said. "I heard from a lot of managers -- I did -- but the two that are complaining, I've known them for 25 years. I didn't hear from them.
"It's not easy, and they know it. But to call out players or myself, I guess that's the direction we're heading now."
Bochy said he understands where the two are coming from, having been in the same spot when third baseman Pablo Sandoval didn't make the All-Star team two years ago. And he knew there would be complaints about snubs, as he said he could have gone through every team in the league and found another deserving candidate who won't be in Phoenix for the Midsummer Classic.
He admitted Tuesday that McCutchen "certainly deserves to go to the All-Star Game" and attributed that decision to when he did most of his research in picking the teams. He selected Arizona's Justin Upton, as the D-backs needed a representative, and Carlos Beltran from the Mets -- the choice that has drawn the most criticism.
"We went into Detroit June 30, and I had to pretty much get set here on the All-Star Game. I had to get my team ready for Detroit. At that time, the guy I took had higher numbers -- better numbers on-base, extra-base hits. That's kind of what went into it," Bochy said. "It's not that you mean to snub anybody because [McCutchen] is a great player -- a great young player. If something happens, I'd do all I can to find a way to get him on the club."