On Sunday afternoon, the Giants won on a walk-off 8-7 over the Philadelphia Phillies, and in the process made Bruce Bochy only the third manager in the long history of the team to have 800 wins. He joins Dusty Baker (840) and John McGraw (2,583) on the list.
After twelve seasons with the San Diego Padres in which he went 951-975 (.494) and led the team to the World Series in 1998. That was in his fourth, and best season with the Padres. In the years that followed, the Padres had five consecutive sub-.500 seasons, and appeared to be on the rise in the final three years of his time with the team, winning 87, 82 and 88 games from '04-'06 after bottoming out at 64 wins in 2003.
Regardless, the Padres decided it was time for a change, and San Francisco swopped him up, parting ways with Felipe Alou after 75 and 76 win seasons, well down from the 100 win team he inherited in 2003.
The losing continued in San Francisco during Bochy's first two years, as the Giants went 71-91 in 2007 and 72-90 in 2008. In 2009, with youngsters Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain heading the rotation, and Randy Johnson in the final year of his career, the Giants win total valued to 88, and the base layer of their 2010 World Series run could certainly be seen on the field. A 22-year-old Pablo Sandoval led the team with 25 home runs and a 4.3 WAR. The team had signed free agent reliever Jeremy Affeldt during the offseason, and would add Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez for 2010, along with a 110 innings from a 20-year-old Madison Bumgarner.
That year Bochy's legacy in San Francisco began, and since his team has won three of six World Series, and look primed to compete for their fourth in seven years in 2016.
When asked of getting win number 800 with the Giants, Bochy said he didn't even know about the milestone until it was mentioned to him before Saturday's game. "It means I'm fortunate to have been here this long. I've enjoyed every moment of my time up here. I'm in a great situation here."
Of course, a follow-up question had to be asked. If Bochy (61) averaged roughly 90 wins a season until he was 80, he would have a shot at breaking McGraw's club record for wins. "Yeah, not gonna happen," Bochy said with a laugh.
Even with more games on the schedule these days, it would still take Bochy 29 seasons to accomplish that win total, which McGraw did in 31 seasons at the helm for the New York Giants. He held a .591 winning percentage in that span, while Bochy has a .521. That said, Bochy and McGraw have the same number of World Series trophies for the Giants.