If you did not know already, the Texas Rangers have won their first World Series in team history. And, former SF Giants Bruce Bochy led them to the win, giving him his fourth World Series title and joining an exclusive group of MLB managers.
Former SF Giants manager Bruce Bochy joins elite company with 4th title
Toward the end of his tenure with the Giants, Bochy secured his 2,000th career win. At the time, he was just the 11th manager to record 2,000 career wins. Dusty Baker joined the Houston Astros in 2020 and surpassed that mark and won his first World Series ring as well. Baker just announced his retirement after a long and distinguished career on the baseball field.
The Rangers won 90 games in 2023, allowing Bochy to surpass Leo Durocher (2,008 wins) and Walter Alston (2,040 wins) for the 10th-most wins in baseball history. The former Giants manager currently sits at 2,093 career wins and could have Joe McCarthy (2,125 wins), Bucky Harris (2,158 wins), and Baker (2,183 wins) in his sights as soon as next season.
He joined the Rangers at an opportune time and could really make some noise on the all-time wins list depending on how long he wants to continue managing. Given that the Rangers just won their first title, he probably eats for free in Texas for a very long time.
So, Bochy is among 12 managers to eclipse 2,000 or more wins. However, he joins even rarer company among managers who have won at least four championships. That list now has six managers, including Bochy, Alston, McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Connie Mack, and Joe Torre.
If you combine the list, you have exactly five managers who have won 2,000 games and four or more championships. That list consists of Mack, Torre, McCarthy, Alston, and now Bochy.
Bochy's Hall of Fame case was etched in stone long before his Rangers tenure began. He is only adding to a legendary résumé at this point. With that being said, his latest achievement puts him in a different discussion altogether as one of the greatest managers in baseball history.
He has never lost a Game 7, won 12 of his last 13 elimination games, and has clinched four wins in five trips to the World Series. Those types of achievements just will not be replicated anytime soon. Even when the odds were against him and his team, he remained calm and level-headed to guide his team to victory again and again.
We at Around the Foghorn would like to congratulate Bochy on his personal achievement and the Rangers on winning the 2023 World Series!