Giants' Bruce Bochy grateful 2,000th win didn't have trademark torture

Giants' Bruce Bochy grateful 2,000th win didn't have trademark torture

Giants manager Bruce Bochy has had enough torture to last a lifetime. 

His San Francisco teams became synonymous with the word earlier this decade, winning the World Series in 2010, 2012 and 2014 but not before experiencing dramatically up-and-down journeys in the regular season just to reach the postseason, and more in the playoffs before winning the pennant, let alone the Commissioner's Trophy. The Giants had to win the final game of the regular season in 2010, come back from a three-games-to-one series deficit in the 2012 NLCS and won a dramatic Game 7 in the 2014 World Series. 

Bochy's 2,000th victory as an MLB manager — an 11-3 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday — was much less dramatic.

"Doing it in an easy way tonight, too," Bochy said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Amy Gutierrez after the game. "That's what I thank them for. No torture! Last night, you saw it again [in a 15-inning Giants win]. But it's a number that so many of us had something to do with, and I'm forever grateful."

The Giants' current three-game set with the Red Sox is just Bochy's fourth visit to Fenway Park as a big league manager and his third with the Giants. The orange and black have not played in the hallowed stadium since 2016, so plenty of visiting Giants fans -- and Bay Area-to-Boston transplants -- made the trip to Fenway during Bochy's final season. 

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A smattering of Giants fans sat behind the visiting dugout in the bottom of the ninth inning, and they chanted Bochy's name during his on-field interview with Gutierrez. Their support was not lost on the man who became the 11th manager in MLB history to win 2,000 games. 

"It means a lot for them to be here and doing what they're doing," Bochy said. "It's really overwhelming at times."

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Astros' Joe Espada for manager role

Go ahead and add another name to the candidacy list to take over the Giants' managerial role after Bruce Bochy announced his retirement.

San Francisco reportedly has asked the Houston Astros for permission to speak to Joe Espada according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Espada is also a candidate for the Cubs' managing job.

Espada, 44, is currently the bench coach for the Astros with a background including a stint with the New York Yankees as the special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman in 2014 and was later named the team's third-base coach. Before that, he was the third base coach for the Miami Marlins.  

He also coached the Puerto Rican team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. 

Espada was drafted by the Oakland A's in the second round of the 1996 MLB Draft and spent a decade playing internationally and made it through to Triple-A.

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He joins a list including Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro, former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler and A's quality control coach Mark Kotsay ... to name a few.

As Heyman points out, this is a younger group of candidates which appears to be the theme across the board for Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. 

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

MLB rumors: Giants interested in Rays coach Matt Quatraro for manager

A new name has been added to the running list of candidates to be the next Giants manager. 

The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reported Thursday that the Giants are interested in Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro to fill their managerial opening left by Bruce Bochy's retirement. 

Quatraro, 45, was named Tampa Bay's bench coach prior to last season. He spent the 2018 season as the Rays' third base coach after four seasons as the Indians' assistant hitting coach. 

The Indians ranked fifth in MLB in runs per game (4.6) during his time in Cleveland and fifth in on-base percentage (.327). By comparison, the Giants ranked 28th in the majors last season in total runs scored (678) and in on-base percentage (.302). 

While Quatraro doesn't have managing experience in the big leagues, he has managed in the minors. Quatraro managed two seasons in Short-Season Class A Hudson Valley (2006-07), one season for Class A Columbus (2008) and one season for Class A Bowling Green (2009). '

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Quatraro joins known Giants candidates Hensley Meulens and Ron Wotus, Mark Kotsay, Pedro Grifol, Gabe Kapler and Wil Venable to possibly be the next manager in San Francisco. 

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi will search far and wide, and Quatraro seems to check every box he's looking for.