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GM Brian Sabean and Manager Bruce Bochy
Last year in the postseason, every string Bruce Bochy pulled worked to perfection. He manages this stellar starting rotation and superb bullpen beautifully, playing the lefty/righty matchups like a mathematician, while sticking with his gut when he has to.
As well, you cannot speak highly enough about the way he has managed to keep the Giants in first place in their division this year despite all the injuries they have been plagued with.
Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez, Jonathan Sanchez, Pablo Sandoval, Mark DeRosa, Mike Fontenot, Darren Ford, Brandon Belt and Barry Zito have all been placed on the disabled list this year.
The worst injuries of this remarkable list are Sanchez, who suffered a dislocated shoulder, and Posey, who broke his leg and tore some ligaments.
Posey is out for the year, and it is still questionable if Sanchez will be able to return at all this year.
Yet Bochy still has his team in first place nearing the All-Star break by mixing up the lineup almost every day, working with whoever has the hot hand at the time.
Brian Sabean has been highly criticized in his career as the Giants general manager. Many are quick to throw him under the bus because of signings like the ones of Zito and even more recently Miguel Tejada.
However, without the moves he pulled last season, the Giants do not win the World Series. Ramon Ramirez and Javier Lopez excelled out of the bullpen, and Pat Burrell provided many clutch hits down the stretch.
With plenty of time left before the trade deadline, expect Sabean to have a few more tricks up his sleeve.