Bruce Bochy

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Bruce Bochy
Bruce Bochy (2011).jpg
Bochy with the Giants in April 2011 at Dodger Stadium
San Francisco Giants – No. 15
Catcher / Manager
Born: (1955-04-16) April 16, 1955 (age 59)
Landes de Boussac, Bussac-Forêt, France
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
July 19, 1978 for the Houston Astros
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1987 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through October 30, 2014)
Batting average .239
Home runs 26
Runs batted in 93
Games managed 3,222
Win–loss record 1,618–1,604
Winning % .502
Teams

As player

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Bruce Douglas Bochy (/ˈbi/; born April 16, 1955) is the manager of the San Francisco Giants. Prior to joining the Giants for the 2007 season, Bochy was the manager of the San Diego Padres for twelve seasons. He has led the Giants to three World Series Championships, and also led the Padres to one World Series appearance during his tenure in San Diego.

Bochy is the only former Padres player to serve as the team's manager. He has participated in all five postseason appearances in Padres history, as a backup catcher in 1984 and as their manager in 1996, 1998, 2005, and 2006. In 1998, he led the Padres to their first National League pennant in 14 years; they lost the 1998 World Series to the New York Yankees.

He reached the World Series for a second time as a manager in 2010 with the Giants, this time in a winning effort over the Texas Rangers, and brought the first ever World Series Championship home to the city of San Francisco. It was the first for the Giants franchise since 1954. Bochy returned to the World Series for the third time in 2012, also with the Giants, who won over the Detroit Tigers in a 4 game sweep. He reached the World Series a fourth time in 2014, and managed his third World Championship in 5 years, this time leading the Giants over the Kansas City Royals in seven games.

Bochy is both the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and the first European-born manager to win the World Series (2010). On July 23, 2013, he became the 21st manager with 1,500 wins.

Early life[edit]

Bochy is one of just eight Major Leaguers to be born in France (in Bussac-Forêt, Charente-Maritime), where his father, Sgt. Major Gus Bochy, was stationed as a U.S. Army officer at the time.[1] Growing up, the Bochy family moved to the Panama Canal Zone, South Carolina, northern Virginia, and ultimately Melbourne, Florida.[2]

He graduated from Melbourne High School, where he was a baseball teammate of Darrell Hammond of Saturday Night Live fame.[3] He attended Brevard Community College for two years before committing to play baseball for Eddie Stanky at South Alabama,[1] but he decided to turn pro when he was drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the Houston Astros in the 1975 Supplemental Draft.[4]

Playing career[edit]

As a catcher, Bochy played with the Houston Astros (1978–80), New York Mets (1982) and San Diego Padres (1983–87). In 802 career at-bats, he hit .239 with 26 home runs. In 1988, Bochy spent his final season playing in Triple-A Las Vegas where he served as a player-coach, batting .231 in 53 games.[5]

Bochy was the backup to Terry Kennedy when the Padres won their first NL pennant in 1984, and he played in one game in the 1984 World Series, which the Padres lost in five games to the Detroit Tigers. Bochy was behind the plate on September 11, 1985, when Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds collected his record-breaking 4,192nd major league hit off Padres pitcher Eric Show.

Managing career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

After retiring as a player, Bochy was hired by Padres general manager Jack McKeon to manage in their minor league system.[5] He started the 1989 season assisting the Class-A Riverside Red Wave before leaving to manage the Short-Season Class-A Spokane Indians, leading them to their third consecutive championship.[5] In 1990, Bochy took over as manager of the Red Wave, finishing with a 64–78 record.[6] In 1991, Bochy followed the team to Adelanto, California, where they became the High Desert Mavericks, and led them to a 73–63 record and California League title.[6] In 1992, Bochy was promoted to manager of the Double-A Wichita Wranglers, leading them to the Texas League title that year.[7]

San Diego Padres[edit]

After four years of managing for their minor league teams, the San Diego Padres picked Bochy to be the team's third-base coach under new manager Jim Riggleman in 1993.[8] Following the departure of Riggleman after the 1994 season, the Padres named Bochy as their new manager for the 1995 season.[9] At age 39, Bochy became the youngest manager in the National League and helped the Padres improve from 47–70 in 1994 to 70–74 in his rookie year.[10]

Bochy ejected from game, 2007

In 1996, his second season, Bochy led the Padres to a 91–71 record and their second National League West division title in franchise history,[10] earning Bochy NL Manager of the Year honors. In 1998, Bochy led the Padres to a franchise-best 98–64 record and the second National League pennant in Padres history.[11] The Padres were swept in four games in the 1998 World Series by the New York Yankees.

After several disappointing seasons, Bochy led the Padres to two more NL West titles in 2005 and 2006, but they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series each year. After the 2006 season, new Padres CEO Sandy Alderson preferred to have a younger manager, so he allowed Giants General Manager Brian Sabean to interview Bochy for his job opening.[12] Bochy left the Padres for the Giants after the 2006 season.[13] He finished his Padres career with a regular season record of 951–975 and a post–season record of 8–16.[14] Bochy has the most games managed in Padres history and with that, the most wins and losses. While with the Padres, Bochy also managed the 2004 and 2006 MLB All-Stars in the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series.

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Bochy agreed to a three-year contract to replace Felipe Alou and become the Giants' new skipper on October 27, 2006.[11] After two seasons of 90+ losses, the Giants rebounded to finish 88–74 in 2009, and remained in the playoff race into September behind a pitching staff with the second-lowest ERA in the majors.[15] After the season, Bochy received a new two-year contract with an option for 2012.[15]

In 2010, the Giants finished 92–70 and clinched their first NL West title since 2003 on the final day of the regular season against the Padres.[16] Underdogs throughout the postseason, Bochy's "bunch of castoffs and misfits" defeated the Atlanta Braves in the 2010 NLDS and the reigning National League champion Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS.[17][18] The Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in five games in the 2010 World Series, bringing the first World Series Championship to San Francisco and the Giants' first title since 1954 when the team was based in New York City.[19][20] Following the season, the Giants exercised Bochy's 2012 contract option.[20]

In 2011, the Giants finished 86–76 and missed the playoffs.[21] After the season, the Giants extended Bochy's contract through 2013, with an option for 2014.[22] In 2012, the Giants clinched the NL West for the second time in three years against the Padres, finishing with a 94–68 record.[23] In the postseason, the Giants fell behind the Cincinnati Reds 0–2 in the 2012 NLDS before winning three straight games to stave off elimination.[24] In the NLCS, the Giants fell behind the St. Louis Cardinals three games to one, but again won three straight elimination games to clinch their second National League pennant in three seasons.[25] The Giants swept the 2012 World Series against the Detroit Tigers in four games.[26]

Before the 2013 season, the Giants extended Bochy's contract through 2016.[27] Bochy became the 21st manager with 1,500 wins on July 23, 2013.[28] The Giants finished the season 76–86 and missed the playoffs in 2013.[29] When Jim Leyland retired after the 2013 season, Bochy became MLB's active leader in wins with 1,530.[30]

In 2014, Bochy became the 19th manager to reach 1,600 wins on August 27,[31] and also became the all-time NL Western Division leader in managerial wins, passing Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda for that distinction, since the installment of division play in 1969. With an 88–74 record, the Giants made the postseason as the second wild-card team. After defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game, the Giants beat the Washington Nationals three games to one in the NLDS and the St. Louis Cardinals four games to one in the NLCS for their third NL pennant in five years.[32] The Giants went on to defeat the Kansas City Royals to win the 2014 World Series, a series that went the full seven games.[33] Bochy became the tenth manager in MLB history to win three championships, with the previous nine all inducted into the Hall of Fame.[note 1][34][35][36]

Managerial record[edit]

As of December 21, 2014
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
San Diego Padres 1995 2006 951 975 .494 8 16 .333
San Francisco Giants 2007 Present 667 629 .515 34 14 .708
Total 1618 1604 .502 42 30 .583
Reference:[14]

Accomplishments[edit]

Personal[edit]

Bochy is the third of four children.[1] His older brother Joe was a onetime catcher in the Minnesota Twins system and later worked as a professional scout for the Padres and Giants.[37]

Bochy met his wife, Kim Seib, while at Brevard Community College in 1975 and they married in 1978.[1] They reside in Poway, California and have two sons, Greg and Brett.[38] Greg Bochy spent several seasons playing minor league baseball in the San Diego Padres system. Bochy’s younger son, Brett Bochy, was drafted by the Giants in 2010.[39] Brett was called up to the majors on September 2, 2014, making Bruce the seventh manager in MLB history to manage his own son. On September 13, 2014, Bruce became the first manager to give the ball to his son coming out of the bullpen.[40]

Bochy is known for having one of the largest cap sizes in Major League Baseball at over size 8.[1] When he joined the Mets in 1982, they did not have a helmet that would fit him, and they had to send for the ones he was using in the minors.[41]

In May 2011, Bochy won the Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement, which he accepted at Positive Coaching Alliance's National Youth Sports Awards.[42]

References[edit]

General
  • The editors of the Sporting News, ed. (1992). Baseball A Doubleheader Collection of Facts, Feats, & Firsts. St. Louis, Mo.: The Sporting News Publishing Co. ISBN 0-88365-785-6. .
Notes
  1. ^ The previous nine are Joe McCarthy (7), Casey Stengel (7), Connie Mack (5), Walter Alston (4), Joe Torre (4), Sparky Anderson (3), Miller Huggins (3), Tony La Russa (3), and John McGraw (3).
Inline citations
  1. ^ a b c d e Schulman, Henry (March 11, 2007). "MEET BRUCE BOCHY / NEW HEAD MAN / San Francisco's 16th manager owns reputation to match his cap size Former Army brat keeps a low profile, and players love it". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (October 29, 2006). "Bochy doesn't like wasting outs, abusing arms". 
  3. ^ Rosecrans, C. Trent (September 20, 2012). "The Lineup: Ichiro of old shows up in Bronx, C.J. Wilson comes up small". CBSSports.com. 
  4. ^ "#289 Bruce Bochy". 1980 Topps Baseball Card Project. May 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Shea, John (September 29, 2014). "Bochy carving out quite a career". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  6. ^ a b Alexander, Jim (April 13, 2013). "BOCHY: Managing Red Wave was a challenge, learning experience". The Press-Enterprise. 
  7. ^ Seminoff, Kirk (November 7, 2010). "Once, twice, three times a champion". The Wichita Eagle. 
  8. ^ "Bochy to Be Third Base Coach for Padres". Los Angeles Times. November 13, 1992. 
  9. ^ AP. "Bochy Named Padre Manager After Riggleman Jumps To Cubs". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Nod To Ex-Indians Skipper". The Sporting News (The Spokesman-Review). October 8, 1996. 
  11. ^ a b "Giants hire two-time Manager-of-the-Year Bruce Bochy as manager". MLB.com. October 27, 2006. 
  12. ^ Bloom, Barry M. (October 24, 2010). "Bochy follows familiar path to Series". MLB.com. 
  13. ^ "Bochy looks forward to challenge of managing Giants". ESPN. Associated Press. October 29, 2006. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Bruce Bochy". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Shea, John (March 5, 2010). "Bochy has a sense of security in 2010". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  16. ^ "Jonathan Sanchez eliminates Padres to give Giants NL West title". The Associated Press. ESPN.com. October 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ Matuszewski, Erik (October 23, 2010). "Giants ‘Misfits’ Beat Phillies to Win NLCS, Reach World Series". Bloomberg. 
  18. ^ Stark, Jayson (October 24, 2010). "Giant cast of 'misfits' marches on". ESPN.com. 
  19. ^ Slusser, Susan (November 2, 2010). "SF Giants are champs, dashing Bochy's butterflies". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  20. ^ a b "Giants’ statement on Bochy, Sabean" (Press release). San Francisco Chronicle. February 4, 2011. 
  21. ^ Schulman, Henry (September 29, 2011). "Giants' chances ended with Buster Posey's injury". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  22. ^ Haft, Chris (November 30, 2011). "Giants extend Sabean, Bochy through 2013". MLB.com. 
  23. ^ Schulman, Henry (September 23, 2012). "Giants clinch NL West title". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  24. ^ Kroner, Steve (October 13, 2012). "Giants, Cards' tough off-field comebacks". 
  25. ^ Schulman, Henry (October 22, 2012). "San Francisco Giants crush Cardinals to win the NL pennant". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  26. ^ Schulman, Henry (October 28, 2012). "SF Giants win World Series". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  27. ^ Kroichick, Ron (March 28, 2013). "Giants reward Sabean and Bochy with contract extensions". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  28. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (July 24, 2013). "Bochy reaches next level as Giants get unique win". San Jose Mercury News. 
  29. ^ Schulman, Henry (February 14, 2014). "5 questions facing the Giants heading into the 2014 season". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  30. ^ Novy-Williams, Eben (October 21, 2013). "Leyland Retires as Manager of MLB’s Tigers After Eight Seasons". Bloomberg. 
  31. ^ Haft, Chris (August 28, 2014). "Posey's walk-off keeps Giants in Wild Card control". MLB.com. 
  32. ^ Spencer, Lyle (October 17, 2014). "Bochy trusts instincts, pushes right buttons". MLB.com. 
  33. ^ Killion, Ann (November 1, 2014). "With 3 titles, close enough to a dynasty". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  34. ^ "Managerial Register and Leaders". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  35. ^ Jenkins, Bruce (November 1, 2014). "Bruce Bochy stamps ticket to Cooperstown". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  36. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (November 2, 2014). "With third title, Bochy joins club that only includes Hall of Famers". San Jose Mercury News. 
  37. ^ Schulman, Henry (February 22, 2015). "Bruce Bochy returns to Giants’ camp 'good to go’". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  38. ^ Ballard, Chris (December 15, 2014). "For Giants, success starts with Bruce Bochy, 2014 Coach of the Year". Sports Illustrated. 
  39. ^ "Giants draft Bruce Bochy’s son, plus other pregame notes". 
  40. ^ Hood, Ryan (September 14, 2014). "Bochy gives son MLB debut in tough spot". MLB.com. 
  41. ^ Noble, Marty (August 24, 2013). "Bobblehead a fitting tribute for Mets' Horwitz". MLB.com. 
  42. ^ Bruce Bochy on Resilience, 2011 National Youth Sports Awards Sponsored by Deloitte. Positive Coaching Alliance. May 19, 2011. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Lubratich
Spokane Indians Manager
1989
Succeeded by
Gene Glynn
Preceded by
Steve Lubratich
Riverside Red Wave Manager
1990
Succeeded by
last manager
Preceded by
first manager
High Desert Mavericks Manager
1991
Succeeded by
Bryan Little
Preceded by
Steve Lubratich
Wichita Wranglers Manager
1992
Succeeded by
Dave Trembley