Giants News: Bruce Bochy Notches Win No. 2,000 in Hall of Fame Career

Apr 5, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) tips his cap to the crowd before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

It’s easy to have discussions in Major League Baseball about the next crop of Hall of Famers. Albert Pujols is a lock. Justin Verlander? Yeah, he’s already done enough. Max Scherzer? Getting close. Mike Trout? He needs a couple more years, but that’s the right track. But if you turn away from the realm of players, there’s another name who will be etched on a plaque in Cooperstown soon: San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

Bochy, who has won three World Series titles with the Giants and another National League title with the San Diego Padres, reached his latest milestone Wednesday night. He earned career win No. 2,000 when the Giants beat the Boston Red Sox, 11-3.

There are only 10 other managers in history with 2,000 wins.

History made

The other managers with 2,000 wins often are known by just one name, or they’re so well-known that’s the case.

Here’s the list: Connie Mack, John McGraw, Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Sparky Anderson, Bucky Harris, Joe McCarthy, Walter Alston and Leo Durocher.

That’s baseball royalty, and Bochy belongs to it now. Just as he’ll belong to Cooperstown soon.

Understated as always

Bochy, who earlier this season announced he’ll retire when it’s over, was his usual understated self after the milestone victory.

“That number just represents so many people, more than anybody are those players,” he said, according to the Associated Press. Hopefully when they hear that number, they realize what a big part they had to do with it. It doesn’t happen without them.”

Bochy’s players have respected him and even loved him through the years, and this night was no different.

“It was actually pretty relaxed and very Boch-esque. Just gave a little speech and said what he always says — how much he appreciates the guys. And we know that, so that’s why we play so hard for him,” Jeff Samardzija said. “You don’t want to let him down. When you have that respect for a manager, the team shows up every night and is always competing.”

Written by GMS staff report

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