It is a day that will live in infamy: Sept. 29, 2019, the day Bruce Bochy managed his last Giants game.
So infamous is a bit dramatic, but it was tough to say goodbye to a staple in baseball after over 4,000 games as a manager. The good news is he plans to come back to the Giants in some capacity, and he didn’t say no when it comes to managing in the future.
“When we get baseball back to normal, I’m hoping to help out with the Giants, Farhan [Zaidi] and Gabe [Kapler]. I’d like to spend some time in the minor leagues,” Bochy told The San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea.
Shortly after he announced his retirement in February of 2019, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed Bochy had a job as a special advisor with the organization.
“If I can mentor some players or coaches or even the managers. Be a pin cushion for them,” Bochy added. “That’s what I would like to do. I did hear from the French team, calling me to see if I’d still manage [in the next World Baseball Classic].”
Bochy served as the manager of France for the World Baseball Classic. The WBC ultimately was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean his managing days are over.
“I can’t say for sure if I will or not,” Bochy told Shea. “It would have to be a perfect fit on both sides, for me and the club that I would manage.”
Bochy admitted he misses managing, but is in no rush to get back to it. He referenced Tony La Russa, who took a nine-season break before returning to managing after being hired by the Chicago White Sox this offseason.
Rumors surfaced of Bochy being a possible candidate for the job, but he said no, the Sox did not reach out. He was approached by two clubs after he retired in 2019 in which he said, “I’m good.” He wanted to take a break.
“Like anything,” Bochy said, “you don’t know for sure.”