The San Francisco Giants and their fans will be spending the entirety of the 2019 season saying goodbye to manager Bruce Bochy.
As we spend the year reflecting on the great San Francisco Giants teams and the unparalleled success Bochy had in a Giants uniform, it’s important to look back at the best players he had along the way. While his best teams won championships, the question becomes who was the best player at each position during his tenure in San Francisco.
Some choices will be easy, as in who might be the best catcher of the Bochy era. Other positions are going to be more difficult. For instance, who would be the starting second baseman?
During the championship run, the Giants had a different starter each time. Same with closer. The Giants also had an incredible starting staff, but which ace was the best. How do you choose? That’s like choosing who the best child is.
From 2007-2018, Bochy currently has a 975-969 (.502) record a a Giants manager. He also has a 36-17 (.679) record in the post season with San Francisco.
He clearly shined brightest when it mattered the most, winning nine straight series to start his Giants managerial career in the playoffs. He also won both one game playoff matchups the Giants faced in 2014 and 2016.
None of this success happens without the right mix of players, and while Bochy will go to Cooperstown after he retires for what he was able to do as a manager, the players still had to perform.
It is possible that history will include some of the Giants players from the 2010-2014 dynasty in the Hall of Fame with him. However, as we have seen with many worthy candidates the last several years, it is possible that Bochy will be the only Hall of Famer from this era of Giants baseball.