SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Bruce Bochy, who managed the Giants to three World Series championships in a career that is destined to land him in the Hall of Fame, announced Monday that he will retire after the 2019 season, his 13th with the club and 25th as a big-league manager.
Bochy announced the decision to the team in a meeting before the first full-squad workout of spring training.
“In my mind it’s time,” Bochy told reporters. “I’ve managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut, and so it’s my gut feeling that it’s time. It’s been an unbelievable ride.”
Bochy said health was not a factor. Nor was the change in the front office or changes in the way managers are used. He said he and club officials discussed this late last season and he made the final decision over the winter.
Bochy, who turns 64 in April, plans to stay in baseball, possibly with the Giants, but has not discussed a particular role.
Bochy had planned to wait until the end of the season to announce the decision but said it was not fair to players, management or the media to keep speculation going through the final year of his contract.
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