Rangers Welcome World Series-Winning Manager Bruce Bochy to Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Bruce Bochy won the World Series in Texas, something the Rangers never did. He is now coming out of a three-year retirement with the hope of bringing back the home team.

Bochy, who won his first three World Series titles with the San Francisco Giants in the old Rangers ballpark in 2010, was introduced Monday by the general manager of Texas who appointed the manager in San Diego four years earlier.

“One of the things I told Boch when we gave him the job. I said, ‘I’m not doing this because I liked it when I played for you. I’m doing this because we believe as an organization, the right person to lead us into the future,'” said GM Chris Young. “Boch fits all of our criteria.”

Bochy has not managed since 2019 when he left after 13 seasons with the Giants, followed by 12 seasons with the Padres. The top pick in the Rangers’ search, Bochy was convinced after extended conversations with Little.

“Some have asked why. Well, the simple answer is, I miss this game,” Bochy said. “We talked for hours about the team and the culture he wanted to create. And I was in the middle.”

Bochy, 67, received a three-year contract. The former major league catcher, who began his playing career in Houston, has 2,002 career wins in his 25 seasons as a manager. He also took the Padres to their last World Series in 1998.

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The Rangers were 68-94 this season and had 35 straight losses, a franchise record. Their six consecutive losing streaks marked the longest streak in half a century since the franchise moved to Texas in 1972. Their last winning record was 10-9 at the start of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, and they lost 102 games last year.

After winning the 2010 World Series with a Game 5 victory in Texas, San Francisco added titles in 2012 and 2014. The Rangers returned to the World Series in 2011 and lost in seven games to St.

“It was hard to get over 2010, but after I got through 2010, I thought it was a good idea,” Rangers owner Ray Davis said when Young presented Bochy as his choice before meeting with him. “It took about 10 minutes of the process where I was sold.”

Fourth-year Rangers manager Chris Woodward was fired on August 15, two days before the team also let go of president of baseball Jon Daniels — who was the GM of its two World Series teams, as well as division titles in 2015 and 2016.

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Bochy takes over a Rangers roster that was bolstered in free agency last season with the signings of shortstop Corey Seager ($325 million, 10 years) and second baseman Marcus Semien ($175 million, seven years) . Senior third baseman Josh Jung was among a handful of young players who made their major league debuts or showed up this year.

“When I look at this team and look at the key players, and the depth of the program and the vision that CY has, I get excited. I just see tons of potential for next year and beyond,” said Bochy, a former player. A special consultant for the Giants for the past three seasons, as well as leading Team France in the World Baseball Classic playoffs last month. (Bochy was born on a US Army base in France).

Semien grew up in the San Francisco area rooting for Bochy teams, including the 2010 championship.

“It was just a special moment to see his stuff and his staff out there,” said Semien, who was at Monday’s introduction. “And I think we have the talent in the clubhouse to do the same things, and we know we have support from (Davis) in throwing pitchers and everything like that. So I think we’re going in the right direction.”
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker called Bochy one of his favorite guys and a great manager.

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“I wish he was in another division. But I’m glad he’s back. … Great baseball man, baseball mind. One of the old dudes,” Baker said before the Astros won the AL Championship Series to their fourth. World Series in six seasons. “I had a feeling he would come back.”

Baker is the oldest manager in the majors at 73, and Bochy will be the oldest. They dominated the same division from 1995 to 2002 when Baker was the manager of the Giants after Bochy came to the Padres.

Tony Beasley served as interim manager for the last 48 games and was interviewed after the job. Dear Beasley, the Rangers’ third base coach since 2015, remains part of Bochy’s staff.

The last three Rangers managers, all hired by Daniels, had never won in the big leagues before: Ron Washington, who had led their teams to two World Series; Jeff Banister, winner of two AL West titles; and Woodward. The last manager who came to Texas with prior experience in that role was Buck Showalter, who was there from 2003-06.


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