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Bochy says he misses man­ag­ing

For­mer Gi­ants skip­per won’t rule out re­turn

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Bruce Bochy has three World Se­ries rings, more than 2,000 reg­u­lar-sea­son vic­to­ries and a quar­ter-cen­tury of man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence.

The leg­endary for­mer Gi­ants man­ager sounds in­ter­ested in adding even more to his re­sume.

Dur­ing a ra­dio interview ear­lier this week, Bochy dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of re­turn­ing to a ma­jor league dugout and in­di­cated he’d be open to au­thor­ing a new chap­ter of his ca­reer.

“I’d be ly­ing if I said I didn’t miss it, es­pe­cially watch­ing the post­sea­son,” Bochy said. “It’s ex­cit­ing times. I could see it hap­pen­ing to be hon­est, but it’s not some­thing right now I’m push­ing. But 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. And now es­pe­cially watch­ing these post­sea­son games, so we’ll see what hap­pens.”

Only three teams — the Red Sox, Tigers and White Sox — are look­ing to hire new man­agers af­ter a con­densed 60-game sea­son, but the White Sox have al­ready in­di­cated they’re search­ing for an ex­pe­ri­enced leader with a cham­pi­onship pedi­gree.

“Ul­ti­mately, I think the best can­di­date or the ideal can­di­date is go­ing to be some­one who has ex­pe­ri­ence with a cham­pi­onship or­ga­ni­za­tion in re­cent years; re­cent Oc­to­ber ex­pe­ri­ence with a cham­pi­onship or­ga­ni­za­tion,” White Sox GM Rick Hahn said Mon­day.

Many an­a­lysts as­sumed the White Sox de­ci­sion to part ways with man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria would lead them to hire for­mer Astros man­ager A.J. Hinch or for­mer Red Sox man­ager Alex Cora, who were both sus­pended for this sea­son due to their in­volve­ments in the sign-steal­ing scan­dal that rocked base­ball over the off­sea­son. Hinch and Cora might be the early fa­vorites for the job, but Bochy has ex­pe­ri­ence with “a cham­pi­onship or­ga­ni­za­tion” and doesn’t carry the same bag­gage.

Bochy, 65, said he’d be will­ing to lis­ten to a pitch from the White Sox.

“Sure, I’d lis­ten to any­thing,” Bochy said. “I can’t say any­thing, they’re a good team, but I haven’t talked to any­body, it hasn’t been men­tioned or any­thing.”

The White Sox re­ceived per­mis­sion to talk to 76-year-old Hall of Famer Tony La Russa about their open­ing.

Gi­ants fans may find it hard to stom­ach see­ing Bochy in a dif­fer­ent uni­form, but many play­ers told this news or­ga­ni­za­tion they be­lieved he was still at the top of his game dur­ing his last year with the club in 2019.

The Red Sox haven’t given many clues as to how they’ll con­duct a man­ager search while the Tigers have also ex­pressed in­ter­est in Cora and Hinch.

Beane may leave A’s: Trail­blaz­ing A’s ex­ec­u­tive Billy Beane could leave the or­ga­ni­za­tion if his RedBall Ac­qui­si­tion Corp., a spe­cial-pur­pose ac­qui­si­tion com­pany, com­pletes a suc­cess­ful merger with John Henry’s Fen­way Sports Group, the Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported.

Be­cause Fen­way Sports Group is the prin­ci­pal owner of the Red Sox, MLB could deem the merger a con­flict of in­ter­est for Beane.

The Jour­nal spec­i­fied that Beane wouldn’t take a job head­ing up the Red Sox front of­fice, in­stead fo­cus­ing on the com­pany’s po­ten­tial for ac­quir­ing ad­di­tional soc­cer clubs be­yond Liver­pool, the cur­rent Euro­pean Pre­mier League cham­pion owned by Fen­way.

Beane has long been in­ter­ested in Euro­pean club soc­cer, and this could be his op­por­tu­nity to in­crease his in­volve­ment in that world be­yond his cur­rent mi­nor­ity own­er­ship stakes with Eng­land’s Barns­ley Foot­ball Club and the Nether­lands’ AZ Alk­maar.

Beane has been with the A’s since 1989, when he joined the team as a free-agent out­fielder.

Af­ter the 1997 sea­son, Beane suc­ceeded Sandy Alder­son as the Ath­let­ics’ GM.

In 2015, Beane was pro­moted to his cur­rent po­si­tion as the A’s ex­ec­u­tive VP of base­ball, mak­ing David Forst the team’s GM un­der his man­age­ment and the nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor if Beane were to leave.

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