SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy announced on Twitter Monday that he will be retiring at the end of the season, his 25th as a major league manager. He told his players earlier in Scottsdale, Arizona and then dropped a bombshell to the media.
"There's been so many questions about it," Bochy said. "In my mind, it's time. I manage with my gut. My gut feeling is that it's time. It's been an unbelievable ride."
He was in the final year of his contract.
On Twitter, he received a lot of love, with many saying he was the best manager ever and future Hall of Famer. "Thank you Skipper," many wrote.
Bochy turns 64 on April 16. He is entering his 13th season with the Giants, having led the team to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Every other manager with three or more titles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Bochy intends to stay in baseball in another role that has yet to be determined.
He's the only manager in MLB history to win 900-plus games with multiple franchises, winning 951 games with San Diego, where he was manager before, and 902 with San Francisco, according to the Giants website.
He spent his first 12 seasons as a manager with the Padres from 1995-2006, guiding San Diego to the NL pennant in 1998.
Bochy came to the decision over the winter, but had all but realized this would be his last year at the end of the 2018 season. He discussed it with family and the front office.
Born in Landes de Bussac, Bochy is just one of eight Major Leaguers to be born in France, where his father, Sgt. Major Gus Bochy, was stationed as a U.S. Army NCO at the time.
Bochy and his wife, Kim, live in San Diego during the offseason and have two sons, Greg and Brett.
"I'm not going anywhere. I don't have any cruises planned, trust me, I don't plan on going up Mount Everest. Baseball, that's my life. I'll be around," Bochy said. "I don't have a bucket list. There's no hidden agenda in all this, trust me."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.