3 best things Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said at the MLB Winter Meetings

When Bruce Bochy speaks people should listen. The future Hall of Famer is one of the legends of the game.
Dec 5, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA; Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy answers questions at a press
Dec 5, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA; Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy answers questions at a press / Kyle Schwab-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy got to hold court on Tuesday at the MLB Winter Meetings. That was the day that he was slotted to have his press conference for all of the media outlets that were in attendance in Nashville. As usual, Bochy was his typical reflective self, giving credit for the Rangers success to those around him. Specifically, his players, coaching staff, and the front office received much praise from the humble Bochy.

The MLB Winter Meetings were a home game of sorts for Bochy as he lives just south of Nashville. He and his wife Kim relocated there after he retired from the San Francisco Giants. Instead of having to stay at the massive Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Bochy was able to sleep in his own bed each night and just come in for scheduled meetings and other obligations.

How should the Texas Rangers handle the DH position?

One of the interesting topics that Bochy discussed, was the DH situation in Texas and what that might look like this season. He indicated that if a player is on the roster that fits the prototypical DH of all hitter and no fielder makeup, that that is fine. Bochy used the example of David Ortiz. If you have him on your roster, you simply plug him into the lineup each and every day.

But Bochy also talked about the idea of having a rotating DH and using the position to give his players a break from playing the field from time to time. With Mitch Garver, who is now a free agent, being hurt for much of the first part of the season, that is the way that the position was handled for a large part of last season. It makes it much easier to be able to rotate the DH role when all of the other position players are firmly in place heading into next season.

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