The most successful manager in San Francisco Giants history will have one final season to add to his legacy.
As the full squad reported for spring training on Monday, skipper Bruce Bochy announced that the 2019 season will be his final one in the Giants dugout.
“It’s time,” Bochy said. “I’ve had a great run. It’s time to do something different.”
Bochy, 63, has managed the Giants since 2007, and although his 975-969 career record isn’t remarkable, he led the team to three World Series titles in a five-year span from 2010-14.
The 2010 championship was the first for the Giants since they moved to San Francisco from New York, and snapped the franchise’s 59-year drought without a title.
He said he wanted to announce his retirement plans at the start of spring training so it wouldn’t be a distraction throughout the season.
Bochy previously managed the San Diego Padres from 1995-2006.
With a total of 1,926 career wins, Bochy ranks 11th on the all-time list. The 10 managers ahead of him are all in the Hall of Fame.
He needs 83 wins this season to pass Leo Durocher for ninth place.