Bochy a candidate for Cal League Hall of Fame

Bochy a candidate for Cal League Hall of Fame

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has been selected for an online fan vote that will determine the 15th and final member of the California League's inaugural Hall of Fame class.

The shrine is being created in conjunction with the league's 75th anniversary. Fan balloting will be conducted during Spring Training.

Bochy piloted the 1991 High Desert Mavericks, a San Diego Padres affiliate, to the 1991 Cal League title. That was the second of three championship teams Bochy led during five Minor League managerial seasons. He also managed San Diego's Cal League outpost in 1990, when the Class A Advanced affiliate was based in Riverside.

Former infielder Bill Mueller is another nominee with Giants ties who will appear on the 15th-man ballot. Mueller, San Francisco's 15th-round selection in the 1993 Draft, batted .302 and compiled a .435 on-base percentage for San Jose, the Giants' longtime Cal League affiliate, in 1994.

The luminous list of individuals already chosen for the league's Hall of Fame includes George Brett, who played at San Jose in 1972 when it was a Royals affiliate known as the Bees. The other honorees are Jose Cruz Jr. (Lancaster), Don Drysdale (Bakersfield), Ken Griffey Jr. (San Bernardino), Rickey Henderson (Modesto), Reggie Jackson (Modesto), Sam Lynn (Bakersfield), Pedro Martinez (Bakersfield), Xavier Nady (Lake Elsinore), Vada Pinson (Visalia), Gary Sheffield (Stockton), Bob Talbot (Visalia), Fernando Valenzuela (Lodi) and Omar Vizquel (Salinas).

Founded in 1941, the Cal League has produced 19 National Baseball Hall of Famers, 16 Most Valuable Player Award winners, 19 Cy Young Award recipients and 32 Rookies of the Year. More than 2,600 former Cal League players have reached the Majors.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.