Bruce Bochy, Manager, San Francisco Giants
Date of Birth: 4/16/1955
Birthplace: Landes de Bussac, France
College: Brevard Community College
Bruce Bochy, manager of the San Francisco Giants since 2007, started his major league baseball career as a catcher. After playing baseball in high school and college, Bochy was drafted by the Houston Astros in 1975. He played for the Astros from 1978 through 1980. He followed that with a year with the New York Mets (1982) and five years with the San Diego Padres (1983-1987). Bochy ended his playing career with a .239 batting average.
It took several years for Bochy to move to the role of manager but he has worked in that position continuously since 1995. Bochy's managerial career began with a long stint (12 years) with the San Diego Padres (1995-2006). He led the Padres to four first place finishes in the NL West division (1996, 1998, 2005, 2006) and one National League pennant (1998). In 1996, Bochy was named NL Manager of the Year.
Bochy's best years as a manager have been in the last eight years, as manager of the San Francisco Giants. In both 2010 and 2012, Bochy led the Giants to first place finishes in the NL West, NL pennant wins and World Series wins. The World Series win in 2010 was the first for the Giants since 1954.
In 2014, Bochy again led the Giants to a NL pennant and a World Series win. They finished the regular season in second place in the NL West division with an 88-74 record and a Wild Card spot. They defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-0 in the Wild Card game and then went on to defeat the Washington Nationals in the NL Division series (three games to one) and the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Championship series (four games to one). It took them seven games to defeat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series.
Although Bochy again led the Giants to a winning season in 2015, they didn't make it to the playoffs. The team finished in second place in the NL West division with an 84-78 record.
Bochy led the Giants to the playoffs again in 2016. They finished the regular season in second place in the NL West division but they won the second Wild Card position. They had an 87 to 75 record in the regular season and they defeated the New York Mets in the Wild Card game. They lost the division series in four games to the Chicago Cubs.
In 22 years as a manager, the longest time for any current major league manager, Bochy has managed in 3,546 games and he has a .505 win percentage. On August 27, 2014, he won his 1,600th game and he became the NL West leader in wins, passing Tommy Lasorda. His record in ten years with the Giants is 838 wins to 782 losses and his overall managerial record is 1,789 wins to 1,757 losses.