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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Bruce Bochy wins his 2,000th game

A great weight has been lifted as the Giants’ gave Bruce Bochy the 2,000th win of his career. It’s just now starting to sink in that next season, Bruce Bochy won’t be in the Giants’ dugout nor anyone else’s. For the first time since I’ve been old enough to even know what a manager is, a baseball season will be played without Bruce Bochy, and I’m suddenly unprepared for that.

As soon as he’s eligible, Bruce Bochy will enter the Hall of Fame. He captained the Giants through their most prosperous decade (bookended by some less prosperous years). With Bochy at the helm, the Giants won three World Championships and their players won two Cy Youngs, a Rookie of the Year, an MVP, and three different pitchers started three different All-Star games.

Bochy is one of the last of his kind. That’s not to say that his strategies or managerial style is obsolete or antiquated. Bochy is one of the last managers who got to be clever. The modern manager might not have much of an influence on the game. Lineups composition and bullpen strategies mostly come down from the front office. Bunts, steals, and hit and runs are going away. But there’s no way the Giants win it all in 2010 without Bochy pulling the strings.

It’s possible that Bochy will be the last manager to reach 2,000 wins, and if he’s not the last I don’t know if there will be many more behind him. Maybe Terry Francona can get there. But with teams being as fickle and/or willing to go in a different direction, will anyone else be given the trust needed to manage for 25 years?

Not quite the end some of us were hoping for a couple of months ago, but hopefully one that will be acceptable.


QLE Posted: September 19, 2019 at 12:20 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ajnrules Posted: September 19, 2019 at 01:55 AM (#5880629)
With the three World Series titles and now the 2,000 wins I think Bochy is now a lock for the Hall of Fame. The milestone is what will separate him from the likes of Ralph Houk who has two titles but only 1,619 wins and is still on the outside looking in.
   2. Srul Itza Posted: September 19, 2019 at 02:41 PM (#5880813)
4 pennants, 3 World Series -- but 22 games under .500.

Being under .500 is uncommon among HOF managers, but there are some. I am betting he makes it in.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2019 at 02:48 PM (#5880818)
His speech will take seven hours, as he brings up every reliever who has ever pitched for him to read a line, alternating righties and lefties.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: September 19, 2019 at 02:50 PM (#5880819)
And being 22 games under .500 when half your career was spent in San Diego isn't really damning. In their 51-year history, they've been to the playoffs five times - four of those under Bochy.

Also, he would become the first native of France to be inducted into the Hall, provided Steve Jeltz doesn't get the call from the Veterans committee between now and Bochy's election.

   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2019 at 07:33 PM (#5880931)
I am betting he makes it in.
Agree, although I’m not completely sure that Bochy will make it “as soon as eligible”, as the article suggests. Not sure when his version of the Veterans Committee meets next, or who else will be on the ballot, but the process seems to have more uncertainty than the BBWAA elections.
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: September 19, 2019 at 07:39 PM (#5880933)
every fanbase assumes that the national audience is as in love with their guy as they are.

roughly 114 percent of NYC radio callers and hosts this week have Eli Manning a lock for the Hall of Fame.
many of them expect him to get in on the first ballot.
one caller today said that for a number of years, he thought Eli was better than his brother Peyton (!).

all that said, I think Bochy gets in before Eli does (Eli is 116-116 career, fwiw, and 8-4 in the playoffs - in 15 years which are weird numbers in both directions).

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