Bochy: Hurdle's view on McCutchen 'personal'

Bochy: Hurdle's view on McCutchen 'personal'

Bochy: Hurdle's view on McCutchen 'personal'
PITTSBURGH -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy met Clint Hurdle's criticism with some of his own on Tuesday, saying that the Pirates' manager was getting personal with his comments that Bochy and others "whiffed" by not including center fielder Andrew McCutchen on the National League All-Star squad.

Bochy also added that neither Hurdle, nor Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who has complained about Bochy choosing his own pitcher, Tim Lincecum, over Florida's Anibal Sanchez, called him last week to lobby for their players. Other managers, Bochy said, did reach out to him.

That was brought to Hurdle's attention on Wednesday and appeared to surprise Hurdle that such an expectation would exist.

"I don't think lobbying is a part of what you do in that position," said Hurdle, who managed the 2008 NL All-Star team. "He's earned that opportunity by winning the National League championship. I just have never lobbied and I never got any calls from any other managers lobbying the year I did it."

Hurdle also stood by his comments from Monday, apologizing only if those comments came across as disrespectful or hurtful to Bochy.

"I have the most professional respect for Boch," Hurdle said. "He's a better manager than I'll ever be. My feelings came from the heart. Diplomacy, I guess, wasn't at the top of my list that day, and I can understand that as well.

"I've been on the other end of that. I just know that I took it with a grain of salt and he felt he made the best decision for the National League because that's his job to represent. I wish the National League nothing but the most success that we go out and win the game.

"We've known each other back to when we were 16 years old. I can understand he's disappointed in what I had to say. I can deal with that."

In explaining why he chose New York outfielder Carlos Beltran over McCutchen, Bochy said that when he did his research last Friday that he felt Beltran had slightly better overall numbers.

"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."

There's a chance that Bochy might have that opportunity, depending on how Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun progresses from a left leg injury over the next few days. Braun, who was voted into the All-Star game as a starter, hasn't played since Saturday, when he was hurt breaking out of the batter's box.

An MRI has revealed inflammation of a tendon behind Braun's left knee, and Braun said if he is unable to return to the field this weekend that he would not play in the All-Star Game. McCutchen would be a natural choice to replace him.