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Monday, February 18, 2019

Giants manager Bruce Bochy will retire after 2019 season

Next stop Cooperstown?

“It’s a gut feeling that it’s time. It’s been an unbelievable ride,” Bochy said. “I have so much to be thankful for, the players, the city, the fans. It’s time now.”

Bochy has been the Giants manager since 2007. He’s certain to win his 1,000th game with the franchise at some point early this season (he’ll enter with 975 wins) and will look to improve upon his 50.2 winning percentage. Bochy, with a career record of 1,926-1,944 needs 74 wins to hit 2,000 for his MLB managerial career.

Prior to joining the Giants, Bochy spent 12 seasons managing the San Diego Padres. He recorded a 49.4 winning percentage with them, and led the club to the 1998 World Series.

Bochy, of course, has since led the Giants to three World Series titles, winning the Fall Classic in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Every manager other than Bochy to win three World Series crowns is in the Hall of Fame. He, too, figures to be enshrined someday—- someday soon, it turns out.

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   1. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 18, 2019 at 05:18 PM (#5816227)
He managed everyday, every season for 25 years straight.

Not many guys can say that. Even Sparky Anderson was missing the middle of a season in the midst of his run.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: February 18, 2019 at 05:24 PM (#5816230)
Not many guys can say that. Even Sparky Anderson was missing the middle of a season in the midst of his run.


And TLR missed nearly three weeks.
   3. Tin Angel Posted: February 18, 2019 at 05:29 PM (#5816233)
Bochy did miss some games due to heart problems (in 2017 I think), I get your point though. I'd guess he probably missed less than 10 games in his entire Giants tenure.
   4. What if I planted tomatoes Posted: February 18, 2019 at 05:36 PM (#5816235)
Cannot believe the Giants fans being happy saying the dude is past his prime. Giants management built a #### roster and expected Bochy to make magic happen. It's totally a young man's game and the Giants have geriatric ####### all over the place sucking down ginseng hoping that can be their version of the blue pill. So ####### sad.
   5. tshipman Posted: February 18, 2019 at 05:54 PM (#5816238)
Best manager the Giants have had in a while. Maybe since McGraw.
   6. Mefisto Posted: February 18, 2019 at 05:55 PM (#5816239)
Bochy's an interesting case for the HOF. He won 4 pennants and 3 WCs, but he's below .500 for his career thanks to some pretty awful teams (for which I doubt he bears much responsibility).
   7. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 18, 2019 at 06:07 PM (#5816245)
He was outta there as soon as he heard about the three-batter minimum for pitchers.
   8. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: February 18, 2019 at 06:19 PM (#5816249)
I think Bochy is a Hall of Famer, but the sub-.500 record makes it interesting...other facts about Bochy:

- If the Giants go at least 74-88, he'll become the 11th manager with 2000+ career wins;
- If the Giants finish above .500, Bochy will move into 10th place (Leo Durocher is 82 wins ahead of Bochy, with 2008);
- If the Giants go 90-72, Bochy will finish his career at exactly .500;
- The only two managers in the top 28 in career wins who are neither active nor recently retired who are not in the HOF are Ralph Houk and Gene Mauch - but Bochy has more wins, titles, and WS appearances than either of them;
- The only two people in the HOF primarily/entirely for being managers with a career losing record are Connie Mack and Bucky Harris. Harris is actually a pretty good comp for Bochy - but Bochy has 3 WS wins, Harris only 1, so Bochy probably has a stronger case;
- Everybody with 3 or more WS titles is in the HOF; 24 managers have been to 4 or more WS, and the other 23 are already in (Bochy lost it with the Padres in 1998).

After looking at the numbers more closely, I actually think it would be ridiculous to not swiftly put in a manager with ~2000 wins, 3 WS wins, and 4 WS appearances. I think I've underappreciated him over the last 25 years, and I'm glad he's announced in advance of the season that it's his final go around, so that he can get some appreciation along the way this year...
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:13 PM (#5816253)
Now there will be only one major league manager whose entire managerial career was spent in the NL West, with exactly two teams, and whose initials are B.B.
   10. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:18 PM (#5816254)
Now there will be only one major league manager whose entire managerial career was spent in the NL West, with exactly two teams, and whose initials are B.B.

Who debuted with the Padres.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: February 18, 2019 at 07:21 PM (#5816255)
I was going to make a joke about Bochy's playing career as a MLB catcher - but he had a very respectable 92 OPS+ in 881 PA for Astros, Mets, and Padres.

after spending 1981 and most of 1982 in the minors, Bochy was recalled by the Mets in late August 1982. he hit .306 in 53 PA with a 142 OPS+ down the stretch.

the Mets were so impressed that they released him in January 1983, choosing instead to go with a pairing of Junior Ortiz and Ronn Reynolds to back up elderly Ron Hodges. OrtizReynolds posted a combined 49 OPS+ in 265 PA.

he was no Bruce Bochte, that's for sure! a pity they played in opposite leagues in the same era
   12. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: February 18, 2019 at 08:01 PM (#5816262)
Sparky Anderson was missing the middle of a season in the midst of his run.


He was busy.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: February 18, 2019 at 09:03 PM (#5816275)
He will become the first Frenchman in the Hall.

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