Major League Baseball’s playoffs begin today, and for only the second time since the current eight-team format debuted in 1995, there is no California team in the hunt for the World Series.
Both the Giants and the A’s managers held their traditional end-of-season press conferences Thursday.
For the Giants, general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy (accompanied at times by the AT&T Park cleaning crew) fielded questions from the reporters about why the 2010 World Champions made an early exit from contention. The most obvious reason was the season-ending injury to Buster Posey, but Sabean said it was far from the only problem.
“We have to play better defense,” he said. “Our defense wasn't as good as it should have been. That can help our pitching. We also have to run the bases better. And that's something that we can control, that'll be a major theme going into next spring training.”
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