Chances are, unless you're a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, you'd trust three-time World Series champion Bruce Bochy with an opinion on baseball.
NOTE: And they'd trust him too, though they may not admit it.
To hear Bochy talk about the product coming from within the Giants' organization, up from their minor-league affiliates is a 100 percent vote of confidence.
"It all starts with recruiting talent," said Bochy. "It's so important in our business. Then you have to develop that talent. Minor league affiliates are so important, you bring the players up, have them learn the brand of ball that you want to play," he continued. "Shane Turner, Dick Tidrow, Bobby Evans - these guys have been around here a long time and having that continuity is nice."
It's also safe to say that Bochy knows a thing or two about a good sports atmosphere - his home games are at AT&T Park. The San Francisco manager actually had the opportunity to take in a Squirrels game and did so after an early game in Washington on July 4.
"The players really like how they are treated here, (the players and the fans)" said Bochy. "They really like playing here. They've created such a great atmosphere here.
"It had been a while since I had been to a minor league game and had such a great time."
Bochy knows all of this because he sees the talent that comes through, and three-fourths of his starting infield donned a Richmond Flying Squirrels uniform. It starts with first baseman Brandon Belt, second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford. What's more, is that 15 other players also passed through Richmond that appeared in a San Francisco uniform this past season.
• Matt Duffy (traded to Tampa Bay)
• Conor Gillaspie*
• Jarrett Parker
• Mac Williamson
• Kelby Tomlinson*
• Ehire Adrianza
• Ty Blach*
• Chris Stratton
• Derek Law*
• Steven Okert
• Chris Heston
• Joe Nathan
• Hunter Strickland*
• Josh Osich
• Matt Reynolds
* indicates spot on Giants NLDS roster
The Hall-of-Fame hopeful has an excellent resume to eventually be enshrined - 1,789 wins and he's one of just 10 managers in baseball history to win three or more titles. Each of the other nine managers to accomplish the feat have a permanent place in Cooperstown.
Bochy brought World Series titles to the bay in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and led the Padres to four playoff appearances, including a 1998 National League pennant. As a player, Bochy's career spanned nine seasons, where he played solid defense behind the plate, and showed a supreme knowledge and understanding of the game.
During Bochy's career, he actually played at Richmond's Parker Field while in the Mets (Tidewater Tides) organization in 1981 and 1982. During that 1982 season, he socked a career high 15 home runs and earned a call up to New York.
While it's been 35 years since Bochy played in the River City, Opening Day is just two months away as the Flying Squirrels play host to the Hartford Yard Goats at 7:05 p.m.
Come out and see the next batch of players that will join Bochy in 'The Show.'
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.