Bruce Bochy was named the 38th manager in Giants franchise history, and 16th in San Francisco annals, on Oct. 27, 2006. Bochy, 63, is in his 25th season as a manager, and his 13th with the Giants. During his 24 seasons as a big league skipper, Bochy has compiled 1,926 managerial victories, which rank 11th on the alltime list. Each of the 10 managers ahead of him are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bochy has managed 3,870 big league games, the ninth-most all-time, and his 24 years managed is tied for the 11th-most. He's the only manager in MLB history to win 900-plus games with multiple franchises, winning 951 games with San Diego and 975 with San Francisco. In just his second season with the Padres in 1996, Bochy was named NL Manager of the Year, leading San Diego to a 91-71 record and their second NL West division title in franchise history. Bochy has managed four All-Star teams (1999, 2011, 2013, 2015) and has been a member of the All-Star coaching staff eight times: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015. In 2011, he was the skipper for the MLB AllStars in Taiwan.
Under Bochy's leadership, the Giants have posted a 975-969 (.502) record since 2007. His 975 wins are the second-most by a Giants manager in team history behind Hall of Famer John McGraw (2,583).
Bochy was just the fourth manager in Giants history to bring more than 10 years of big league managing experience to the job, following Cap Anson (21 seasons) in 1898, Hughie Jennings (14) in 1924 and Felipe Alou (10) in 2003. He's the fourth Giants manager to be born outside of the United States, joining Jack Doyle (Ireland) in 1895, Arthur Irwin (Canada) in 1896 and Felipe Alou (Dominican Republic) in 2003. Bochy is the sixth manager in Giants franchise annals who was primarily a catcher during their career, joining John Clapp (1883), Buck Ewing (1900), Herman Franks (1965-68), Charlie Fox (1970-74) and Wes Westrum (1974-75).
During his 12-year tenure with SF, he has guided the Giants to three World Series titles, with San Francisco winning the Fall Classic in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He became just the fifth manager to lead a team to three titles in a five-year span, joining Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel and Joe Torre. The Giants' championship in 2010 was their first in San Francisco history (since 1958) and their first overall since the New York Giants won in 1954. The only other Giants managers to win a World Series are John McGraw (1905, 21-22), Bill Terry (1933), and Leo Durocher (1954). McGraw (1905, 1921, 1922) is the only other Giants manger besides Bochy to win three titles. Bochy is the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and first European-born manager to win a World Series (2010).
Overall, Bochy has led his teams to four Pennants and three World Series championships. His teams have posted a 44-33 (.571) record in the postseason. Only Joe Torre (84 wins), Tony LaRussa (70) and Bobby Cox (67) have more postseason victories than Bochy. The Giants have won 11 of their 12 postseason series in Bochy's tenure, with their lone loss coming in the 2016 NLDS against the Cubs. From 2010-2016, Bochy won 11-straight postseason rounds, which tied Joe Torre (Yankees, 1998-2001) for the longest streak ever by a manager.
Prior to joining the Giants' organization, Bochy was the manager of the San Diego Padres from 1995-2006, leading the Friars to a 951-975 (.494) record. To this day, Bochy's 951 victories with the Padres are the most in franchise history. During his tenure with San Diego he guided his Padres clubs to five winning campaigns, including 1996, 1998, 2005 and 2006 NL West titles. Bochy became the first Padres skipper to earn NL Manager of Year honors when he led the 1996 club to their first NL West title since 1984, winning both BBWAA award and The Sporting News accolade (voted upon by senior circuit managers). Two years later, he was named 1998 NL Manager of Year by The Sporting News for second time in three seasons, and was runner-up to Houston's Larry Dierker in BBWAA voting. He guided those Padres to a club-record 98 wins, their third NL West title and second NL pennant. Overall, Bochy logged a 24-year affiliation with the Padres organization from 1983-2006. He was named Padres manager on Oct. 21, 1994.
The former catcher spent parts of nine Major League seasons with Houston (1978-80), New York-NL (1982) and San Diego (1983-87). He compiled a lifetime .239 batting average with 26 home runs and 93 RBI in 358 career games. Bochy made his big league debut on July 18, 1978 in an Astros uniform, going 2-for-3 at Shea Stadium. He hit his first big league home run the following day, a solo shot off the Mets' Kevin Kobel in the second game of a doubleheader. As a player, he twice advanced to the playoffs, logging one NLCS game with Houston in 1980 and one World Series contest with San Diego in 1984. He delivered a pinch-hit single in Game 5 at Detroit in his only Fall Classic at-bat. He enjoyed his best season in 1986 with the Padres, setting personal bests in homers (8), RBI (22), games played (63) and starts behind the plate (29). One of the Padres' more popular figures during his playing days, Bochy ended his career with the 1987 Friars club.
Born in Landes de Bussac, France on April 16, 1955, Bochy is just one of eight Major Leaguers to be born in France, where his father, Sgt. Major Gus Bochy, was stationed as a U.S. Army NCO at the time. Growing up, Bochy moved with his family to the Panama Canal Zone, South Carolina, northern Virginia and Melbourne, FL. He graduated from Melbourne High School. He attended Brevard Community College for two years on a partial scholarship, winning a state championship in 1975 and decided to turn pro when he was drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the Houston Astros in the 1975 draft.
Bochy and his wife, Kim, reside in San Diego during the offseason and have two sons, Greg (39) and Brett (31), and two grandchildern, Braxton Douglas, born Jan. 24, 2018 to Greg and McKenna and Blakely Grace, born Aug. 4, 2018 to Brett and Kelsey.
Greg spent several seasons playing minor league baseball in the Padres system. Brett was drafted by the Giants in 2010 and was called up to the Majors on Sept. 2, 2014, making Bruce the eighth manager in MLB history to manage his own son. On Sept. 13, 2014, Bruce became the first manager to give the ball to his son coming out of the bullpen.