Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after 2019 season
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy will retire at the conclusion of the 2019 season.
Bochy informed his players of his decision on Monday during a team meeting.
After 12 seasons as manager of the San Diego Padres, Bochy joined the Giants ahead of the 2007 season and led them to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
He is one of 10 MLB managers to win at least three World Series titles and the other nine are all in the Hall of Fame.
Ever since I moved to San Francisco in 2007, the city and our awesome fans have embraced me. I'm going to miss it, but I'm so grateful for the last 12 years and am looking forward to finishing strong this season.— Bruce Bochy (@BruceBochy) February 18, 2019
"In my mind, it's time," Bochy said. "It's been an unbelievable ride. There's so much to be grateful for. With the players... the city... the fans."
In a statement released by the team, Giants CEO Larry Baer said: "Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy. His honesty, integrity, passion and brilliance led to the most successful period of Giants baseball in the history of our franchise.
"He will always be a Giant and we look forward to honouring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown."
The move comes as no surprise considering Bochy, who turns 64 in April, entered this offseason with retirement already on his mind.
"I get it," Bochy told The San Francisco Chronicle at a Giants media event last week. "You get to a certain age, you're going to get asked about that, especially when the club isn't quite doing as well as it was. [Critics are] going to look at areas, and, of course, the manager is an area you're going to look at.
"I don't resent it. I've been in this game long enough to know that everyone's going to have an opinion, whether it's managing, or personnel."
Bochy also has a history of heart-related issues and underwent a procedure in April 2017 to alleviate discomfort related to an atrial flutter.
If the Giants can win 83 games this season, Bochy would move into the top 10 on the all-time list for managerial victories. With 74 victories, he will surpass 2,000 for his career.