No. 15: Bruce Bochy
Bruce Bochy became first manager to lead the San Francisco Giants to a World Series title since the team moved to the Bay Area in 1958 when they defeated the Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series. That was also the first major championship won by a Bay Area sports team since the Oakland Athletics swept the Giants in the 1989 World Series.
Bochy officially retired from managing in the MLB at the conclusion of the 2019 season, closing the chapter of one of the best decades in Giants history.
His career numbers as a manager are among baseball’s elite. He finished with 4,032 games managed in 12 years with the San Diego Padres and 13 with the Giants, good for the eight most in MLB history. He was the 11th manager to surpass the 2,000 win plateau, and all 10 before him were elected to the Hall of Fame. He owns a .500 win percentage that includes four NL pennants and three World Series titles.
He was a master of bullpen strategy and matchups, and he had to be, as Tyler Kepner of the New York Times noted:
"No player hit more than 26 homers in any of the Giants’ championship seasons, and only one had 90 runs batted in — Posey, with 103 in 2012. Yet Bochy made the formula work."
Though not yet enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame, it is hard to imagine Bochy being on the outside looking in for long.
The question now is will the Giants wait for his enshrinement, or retire his number before he becomes eligible on the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) ballot?