Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season

Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season

Postby zhangzk » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:15 am

SCOTTSDALE Trevor Story Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it’s nearly time to retire. managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager.He told the team before Monday’s spring training workout at Scottsdale Stadium.“In my mind it’s time,” he said.Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly and he insists “the health’s great” and didn’t factor into the choice.He begins his 13th season with the Giants. He led the club to World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14.“I’ve managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut. So it’s a gut feeling it’s time,” Bochy said. “It’s been an unbelievable ride. There’s so much in there to be grateful for, with the players, the city, the fans, my ride here. It’s time. I’ll stay in baseball and do something. … I’m not going too far, trust me. I love this game. It’s been in my blood, so sure I’ll be doing something in another capacity and I look forward to it.”Bochy came to San Francisco from the San Diego Padres before the 2007 season, in time to watch Barry Bonds break Hank Aaron’s career home run record that August. He managed Matt Cain’s perfect game in 2012 and a pair of no-hitters by Tim Lincecum against the Padres in July 2013 and June ’14.“This will give me time to go back and reflect and even watch some games and think about some of these great achievements and milestones these players have reached ,” Bochy said. “I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the gifts and talents of these players. I consider myself fortunate to have managed players like a Bonds and Lincecum.”Every other manager with three or more titles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.“I haven’t even thought about that,” Bochy said.Giants CEO Larry Baer already envisions a place in Cooperstown for Bochy,“Words cannot adequately express the amount of admiration, gratitude and respect the Giants family has for Bruce Bochy,” Baer said in a statement. “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 honoring him and all of his achievements throughout his final season in San Francisco and inevitably in Cooperstown.”Giants Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford considers himself fortunate to have played for the same manager his entire career.“That’s definitely special. I don’t think many guys have one manager throughout their entire career,” Crawford said. “Obviously we have this year to take care of first. Hopefully we make it a memorable one for him. A part of what’s made him such a good m orld Series champion Boston Red Sox take the field to begin the regular season, they’re already playing catch up in the American League race.No, really. The Red Sox are facing a two-game deficit in the AL standings heading into Thursday’s regular season opener against the unbeaten Seattle Mariners.Of course, this is all tongue in cheek, the result of the Mariners having already opened the season with a pair of victories over Oakland in Tokyo last week to open the season. It’s certainly going to be short-lived considering the expectations of both teams going into the opener.The Mariners are beginning what they hope is a relatively short rebuild to again be contenders. They’ve already reshuffled their roster since playing in Japan — Ichiro Suzuki retired at 45 after two hitless games in his homeland.AL MVP Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and the Red Sox are one of the heavy favorites in the AL. They know it and are embracing the expectations of trying to be the first repeat champions since the Yankees three straight titles from 1998-2000.“We have a good team. We’re very talented, everybody knows it,” Red Sox manager Alex d opening day for Seattle after throwing six innings in Japan and earning the victory. Gonzales (1-0) was far from his best against Oakland in the first opener, but was able to make adjustments and settle down enough to keep the Mariners in the game.“He’s a really good competitor. He figured out a way to make it work and he learned a lot from that, so hopefully he can build upon that,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I say that, and I hope he’s got his ‘A’ game, his ‘A’ stuff right out of the chute, but some nights you don’t have it, and you’ve got to still figure out a way and he did.”Gonzales said the scope of all that was happening in Japan and being out of the normal routine was a tough adjustment to make, but may have helped prepare him for the hoopla of a traditional opening day back home.“The one in Tokyo was something I will remember forever,” Gonzales said. “I will have some more family here on Thursday and some friends, my grandparents and people that have been there for every step of the way since I’ve been able to walk to seen me throw a baseball. So it’s special to a lot of people. I’m trying to focus on making it a normal game but it’s been a collective effort throughout a lifetime for a lot of people and I’ve been at the forefront of that for sure but there have been a lot of people who have helped me along the way.”
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