Bruce Bochy retired as manager of the San Francisco Giants at the end of the 2019 season. Could he come back in 2021 as the manager of another club?
While that will be his role for the upcoming season, he may not stay for long, as he has already publicly said he may want to manage for another big league club in the future.
Would Bochy really come out of retirement in 2021?
It could very well happen.
In an interview shortly after the end of the season, Bochy hinted that he may take 2020 off as a manager and then assess his options once 2021 rolls around.
There was some speculation that he might take the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox managerial openings after the sign-stealing scandal resulted in the abrupt exits of A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora from their managerial posts.
But Bochy demurred on those opportunities.
It is understandable why a man who has had baseball play such a huge part of his life would want to get back in the dugout again. But after a season in which opposing teams around the league gave him a warm sendoff and after the nostalgia fest at Oracle Park to close out the season, it could be difficult to return.
Perhaps Bochy will wind up being the Brett Favre of MLB, saying he will retire only to come back yet again.
If he does decide to return, plenty of teams would be interested.
He is a future Hall of Famer and would be a welcome addition to just about any club. After the Cora and Hinch disgraces, Bochy’s unquestioned integrity is another thing that many teams would covet.
Still, Bochy coming back in 2021 would be a little like what the band LCD Soundsystem did.
They had a huge farewell concert at Madison Square Garden in 2011 that went on for hours, only to regroup and release a new album in 2017.
No one was complaining, but it is always a little awkward when someone in the spotlight says they are done doing something, only to come back and do it again.
Simply put, Bruce Bochy makes baseball better. I would welcome his return as a manager, as long as it’s not as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.