Bruce Bochy, one of baseball’s all-time decorated managers, will be retiring following the 2019 season. Bochy announced this earlier today in Scottsdale, as the Giants got their first full-squad spring training practices underway.
Bochy had a 10-year major league career, with time spent with the Astros, Mets, and Padres. Uninspiring as a player, he does hold the record for most home runs for any French-born player, as pointed out by Christopher Kamka. Bochy also has the only walk-off homer off of Nolan Ryan and was the catcher behind the plate when Pete Rose had his record-breaking 4,192nd hit.
– has the most career HR of any MLB player born in France (26)
– is the only player to hit a walkoff HR off Nolan Ryan (7/1/1985)
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) February 18, 2019
Bochy is currently 11th all-time in wins for a manager and tops every manager not currently in the Hall Of Fame. Bochy’s managerial career started in San Diego, the organization in which he had been managing minor league baseball since his retirement. Bochy won manager of the year in his second season in charge of the Padres and led them to a pennant in his fourth, where the Pads get swept by the New York Yankees.
Bochy left the Padres for the division rival Giants in 2006, finishing with a 951-975 record in San Diego. Bochy finally got the monkey off his back in San Francisco, winning his first World Series in 2010 over the Rangers. Thus sparked one of the weirdest five-year stretches of any pro sports team ever, in which the Giants won the World Series in 2012 and 2014 despite missing the playoffs in 2011 and 2013.
Bochy sits 82 wins behind Leo Durocher for 10th most managerial wins all-time, and currently holds the record for most wins by any foreign-born manager. Bochy also sits second all-time for most managerial wins by anyone with a sub-.500 winning percentage, though a 99-63 season this year would rid of him of that distinction. Should the Giants go 76-86 or better, Bochy will finish his Giants career with a Winning Record.
Bochy, who is one of only ten managers to ever win three World Series, is undoubtedly a Hall Of Famer, and it’s only a matter of time until he hears his name in Cooperstown. Congratulations to Bochy on a magnificent 24-year career!