Bruce Bochy

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Bruce Douglas Bochy

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Biographical Information[edit]

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Bruce Bochy played nine years in the majors, and then managed for much longer - in 2019, he managed for his 25th season, and has a chance to reach 2,000 victories as a manager before he retires. In all those years as a manager, he has been with only two teams - he won a pennant with the San Diego Padres in 1998 and he won three World Series with the San Francisco Giants.

Never a regular in the majors, catcher Bochy played for three teams during his time in the big leagues. He went to the World Series with the Padres in 1984. After concluding his major league career, he was a player/coach for the Las Vegas Stars in 1988 before beginning his managing career the following season. In 1989, he played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association and hit .216 in 31 games with the team.

Bochy was a Padres coach in 1993 and 1994 and was the club's manager for a dozen years, starting in 1995. As Padres manager, he won more than twice as many games as any other manager in team history and led the team to the World Series in 1998, where they were swept by the New York Yankees. He was part of a controversy in 1998 when he had Manny Aybar remove a cap with the numbers "123" inscribed in memory of Jose Oliva; Aybar's manager Tony LaRussa got back by invoking a little-enforced rule when Bochy's 3B coach Tim Flannery was outside the coach's box. After the 2006 season, he became skipper of the San Francisco Giants.

When Bochy had his 1,035th win as a manager, he passed Felipe Alou for most wins by a manager born outside of the United States; Bochy had previously replaced Alou as manager of the Giants. In 2010, he led the Giants to their first World Series title in San Francisco, defeating the Texas Rangers 4 games to 1 in the World Series. The Giants got hot late in the season after trailing San Diego for most of the year in the NL West; they caught and passed them in September, then defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. The Giants were again World Series champions in 2012, when they swept the Detroit Tigers in the Fall Classic. Their hard slogging was in the two earlier rounds of the postseason, however: in the NLDS, they lost the first two games at home to the Cincinnati Reds before mounting a remarkable comeback, then they trailed 3 games to 1 in the NLCS before coming back to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.

After Bochy's star catcher Buster Posey suffered a serious injury after a collision at home plate in 2011, Bochy became a strong proponent in a campaign to ban such collisions. The campaign succeeded when owners approved the principle of a rule at the 2013 Winter Meetings.

Bochy meets with Willie Mays and Pres. Obama at the White House, July 2011

Bruce's brother, catcher Joe Bochy, played several seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization, and his son, Greg Bochy, played three years in the Padres farm system. Another son, Brett Bochy, made his debut with the Giants in September of 2014, making Bruce the 7th major league skipper to manage his son. Later that year, he guided the Giants to their third World Series title in five years when they defeated the Kansas City Royals in seven games in the 2014 World Series.

Just before the opening of spring training in 2015, he underwent a procedure to have stents inserted in arteries leading to his heart in order to reliever heart trouble. The operation was a success and he was able to join his team after a few days of rest while bench coach Ron Wotus directed the first couple of days of workouts. In 2016, Bochy joined Sparky Anderson as the only two managers to ever win 800 games with 2 different teams. He kept up the Giants' run of success in even-numbered years when they qualified for the Wild Card Game that year, in spite of slumping badly during the second half. They upset the New York Mets in the game, thanks to a great performance by Madison Bumgarner, and gave the Chicago Cubs a run for their money in the Division Series before bowing out. It was a last hurrah, however, as the Giants sank like a rock in the standings in 2017, falling to last place in the NL West, and then having another poor season in 2018.

Heading into spring training in 2019, Bochy announced that he was starting his final season and would retire at the end of the year. Upon hearing the announcement, pitcher Jeff Samardzija paid him a big compliment, saying that most managers are "puppets" who just know how to spout cliché, whereas Bochy is a real human being, who listens to players and knows how to motivate them. No one expected the Giants to be competitive that season, as a major rebuild was needed while there were still no young potential stars on the roster. Early return confirmed that fans were in for another long season. One of the few highlights came on June 4th, when Bochy won his 1,000th game as the team's manager with a 9-3 win over the Mets. In the Giants' long history, only he and John McGraw had reached the mark.

He has written a book about the power of walking as a means of relaxation and stress relief.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL Manager of the Year Award (1996)
  • Division Titles: 6 (1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2010 & 2012)
  • Other Postseason Appearance: 2 (2014 & 2016 -Wild Card)
  • NL Pennants: 4 (1998, 2010, 2012 & 2014)
  • Managed three World Series Champion with the San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014


Preceded by
Jim Riggleman
San Diego Padres Manager
1995-2006
Succeeded by
Bud Black
Preceded by
Felipe Alou
San Francisco Giants Manager
2007-
Succeeded by
Current

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1989 Spokane Indians Northwest League 41-34 1st San Diego Padres League Champs
1990 Riverside Red Wave California League 64-78 7th San Diego Padres
1991 High Desert Mavericks California League 73-63 3rd San Diego Padres League Champs
1992 Wichita Wranglers Texas League 70-66 4th San Diego Padres League Champs
1995 San Diego Padres National League 70-74 3rd San Diego Padres
1996 San Diego Padres National League 91-71 1st San Diego Padres Lost NLDS
1997 San Diego Padres National League 76-86 4th San Diego Padres
1998 San Diego Padres National League 98-64 1st San Diego Padres Lost World Series
1999 San Diego Padres National League 74-88 4th San Diego Padres
2000 San Diego Padres National League 76-86 5th San Diego Padres
2001 San Diego Padres National League 79-83 4th San Diego Padres
2002 San Diego Padres National League 66-96 5th San Diego Padres
2003 San Diego Padres National League 64-98 5th San Diego Padres
2004 San Diego Padres National League 87-75 3rd San Diego Padres
2005 San Diego Padres National League 82-80 1st San Diego Padres Lost NLDS
2006 San Diego Padres National League 88-74 1st San Diego Padres Lost NLDS
2007 San Francisco Giants National League 71-91 5th San Francisco Giants
2008 San Francisco Giants National League 72-90 4th San Francisco Giants
2009 San Francisco Giants National League 88-74 3rd San Francisco Giants
2010 San Francisco Giants National League 92-70 1st San Francisco Giants World Series Champs
2011 San Francisco Giants National League 86-76 2nd San Francisco Giants
2012 San Francisco Giants National League 94-68 1st San Francisco Giants World Series Champs
2013 San Francisco Giants National League 76-86 3rd (t) San Francisco Giants
2014 San Francisco Giants National League 88-74 2nd San Francisco Giants World Series Champs
2015 San Francisco Giants National League 84-78 2nd San Francisco Giants
2016 San Francisco Giants National League 87-75 2nd San Francisco Giants Lost Division Series
2017 San Francisco Giants National League 64-98 5th San Francisco Giants
2018 San Francisco Giants National League 73-89 4th San Francisco Giants
2019 San Francisco Giants National League San Francisco Giants

Further Reading[edit]

  • Barry M. Bloom: "Bochy remains driven as ever for Giants: Skipper maintains motivation after health scare"', mlb.com, July 14, 2017. [1]
  • Bruce Bochy: A Book of Walks, Wellstone Books, Soquel, CA, 2015. ISBN 978-0985419035
  • Scott Boeck: "Giants' Jeff Samardzija: Bruce Bochy a 'dying breed,' most managers are ‘puppets’", USA Today, February 20, 2019. [2]
  • Maria Guardado: "'It's time': Giants' Bochy to retire after this season", mlb.com, February 18, 2019. [3]
  • Chris Haft: "Skipper collaborates on 'Bochy Ball!' book: Giants' Bochy joins writers to discuss chemistry, baseball, business, life", mlb.com, February 2, 2018. [4]
  • Jon Paul Morosi: "Bochy healthy, stronger heading into 2018: Giants skipper dealt with arrhythmia during '17 campaign", mlb.com, January 19, 2018. [5]

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