Former SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy closing in on another career milestone

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Former SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy is closing in on another career milestone. Bochy has 2,123 career wins and now only sits two wins behind Joe McCarthy (2,125 wins) for the ninth-most wins in baseball history.

Former SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy closing in on another career milestone

McCarthy had a legendary career of his own. He managed for 24 seasons, most notably with the New York Yankees. He did have stints with the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox at the beginning and end of his career, respectively.

During his time as manager, he reached the World Series nine times. McCarthy came out victorious in seven of those matchups. All seven came when he was the skipper of the Yankees.

Of course, Bochy is in his 27th season in the dugout. He had long stops with the San Diego Padres and Giants before joining the Texas Rangers last year. The veteran skipper made a name for himself with the Giants, leading the club to three World Series titles in five seasons starting in 2010.

Bochy reached the 2,000-win milestone in his final season with the Giants in 2019. His Hall of Fame legacy was already etched in stone before that, but it was yet another stripe added to his belt.

The 69-year-old stepped away from the game for a handful of seasons but it was clear that he still had the desire to manage. Teams reached out to him in retirement and he even finished as the runner-up for the Chicago White Sox managerial gig after the 2020 season. That job went to Tony La Russa.

It is a good thing that Bochy did not get that job because it kept the door open for a better opportunity. That opportunity would end up becoming the Rangers. Texas had added a pair of stars in Corey Seager and Marcus Semien prior to Bochy's arrival and it was clear that the ownership group was intent on putting a winner on the field.

Bochy did what he does best - win. He led the Rangers to their first World Series win in franchise history in his first season on the job last year. This was 13 years after knocking off the same team in the World Series to begin his legacy in San Francisco.

The 27-year veteran has a career résumé that few can match. He is closing in on Joe McCarthy on the all-time win list. It will not be long before he adds another milestone to his legacy as he will likely surpass Bucky Harris (2,158 wins) for eighth place on the all-time win list later this year.