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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 07: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a home run off of Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning of their game at Oracle Park on July 07, 2019 in San Francisco, California. This was the first hit that Flaherty gave up in the game. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JULY 07: Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants rounds the bases after hitting a home run off of Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh inning of their game at Oracle Park on July 07, 2019 in San Francisco, California. This was the first hit that Flaherty gave up in the game. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – SEPTEMBER 02: San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy is seen in the dugout during the seventh inning against the New York Mets at AT&T Park on September 2, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The Mets defeated the Giants 4-1.(Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Manager Bruce Bochy will get to 2,000 career wins

Bruce Bochy will go down as one of the best managers the game of baseball has ever seen when he calls it a career at the end of the 2019 season.

However, his final year at the helm cannot be one that is completely lost if he intends to hit a major managerial milestone.

While Bochy has already eclipsed 1,000 career wins with the franchise, he is very close to reaching 2,000 total wins as a manager.

He currently sits at 1,967 career wins over the course of his 25-year managerial career. With 73 games left on the schedule, the San Francisco Giants would need to go 33-40 the rest of the way for him to reach the 2,000 mark.

That equates to a .452 winning percentage over their remaining games, which is actually a touch below their .461 winning percentage so far this season. Still, playing at that level in the second half won’t be easy.

If the front office decides to sell at the trade deadline as many expect, they could part ways with some of their best players, including starter Madison Bumgarner and relievers Will Smith, Tony Watson, and Sam Dyson. Without a true ace or a proven late-inning relief core, a late-season collapse could be tough to avoid.

Still, there’s enough remaining talent both on the MLB roster and waiting in the wings for an opportunity to think the milestone can be reached.

With 33 more wins, Bochy would become the 11th manager in MLB history to reach 2,000 wins, cementing a Hall of Fame resume that already includes three World Series titles.

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