Giants’ Bruce Bochy appreciative of reaching latest milestone

San Francisco Giants' Bruce Bochy managing his 4,000 Major League Baseball game Sunday at the Coliseum against the Oakland A's

San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey (28) and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy celebrate a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Scot Tucker)
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OAKLAND — Bruce Bochy is managing his 4,000 Major League Baseball game Sunday as the Giants close out their nine-game road trip against the A’s in the Bay Bridge Series finale at the Coliseum.

“More than anything, you just appreciate the players,” Bochy said Sunday morning. “They’re the ones that really do the work and your success is based on their performance, how they do. Sure, hopefully you have some say. But really, it’s more about the players.

“They’re the ones that get all the credit.”

But along with Bochy’s three World Series championships with the Giants, another National League pennant won with the San Diego Padres in 1998 when he was named NL Manager of the Year, and six division titles, there have been plenty of lean years, as well.

In fact, over 25 seasons from 1995-2019, including the last 13 with the Giants, Bochy enters Sunday with an overall managerial record of 1,990-2009.

“That’s what makes me even more fortunate. There was a lot of losses, over 2,000 losses,” Bochy said. “If you look back at some very difficult years and to still have the support of management and people that stood behind you, that makes you even more appreciative.”

Bochy had winning records in five of his 12 years with the Padres. After their World Series appearance in 1998, the team went through an extended rebuild in which they finished last or next-to-last in the five-team NL West from 1999-2003. The Padres, though, had winning records from 2004-2006, capturing the division his final two years in San Diego.

The Giants faced similar circumstances in 2007 and 2008 when they went a combined 143-181 in Bochy’s first two seasons with the club.

The Giants began to turn things around in 2009, as the foundation had been laid for the club’s most successful stretch in San Francisco that included World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

“We went through some fire sales and tough times (in San Diego), and understanding there was a rebuild involved,” Bochy said. “Same when I came up here. Those first couple years, they were tough years. We made a lot of changes rebuilding, and (the Giants) stayed behind me.

“A lot of times that doesn’t happen in our game, and you understand that. So, again, very appreciative.”

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