Bruce Bochy said a year ago that he was hitting “the pause button” on his managerial career following an emotion goodbye to the Giants.
He’s open to pressing “play” again.
The three-time World Series champion with 25 years of experience would be open for a 26th if the right job opens and his phone rings this offseason.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it. Especially watching the postseason, it’s exciting times,” Bochy said Tuesday on “Murph & Mac” on KNBR. “I can see it happening, to be honest, but it’s not something right now that I’m pushing.
“When you’ve been in the game as long as I have and managed as long as I did, you’re going to miss it, especially watching these postseason games. We’ll see what happens.”
Bochy spent the 2019 season saying farewell to the Giants organization, fans and opposing clubs, who showered him with gifts wherever he went. While he termed it a retirement, he never would be pinned down and did not commit to not returning to the game. Shortly after his tremendous, no-notecards-needed, last-game-in-San Francisco address to Oracle Park, he told Chris Russo he was taking a “little sabbatical here for a year.”
The year is over, and Bochy appears to have the itch. There’s one awfully intriguing job already open, as the White Sox fired Rick Renteria this week. GM Rick Hahn told reporters that the “ideal candidate is going to be someone who has experience with a championship organization in recent years.”
Well, Bruce, would you take a call from the White Sox?
“Sure, I’d listen to anything — I can’t say anything, but they’re a good team,” said Bochy, though he added he hasn’t talked with any clubs about openings.