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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Report: Bruce Bochy intrigued by Astros opening but still plans to sit out 2020

Bruce Bochy

The Houston Astros are going through some upheaval right now to say the least, but one big name may already have his eyes on turning the ship around.

Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported on Tuesday that veteran skipper Bruce Bochy is “intrigued” by the Astros managerial opening but still plans to sit out the 2020 season.

Bochy, who had a highly successful 13-year run as San Francisco Giants manager, retired after the 2019 season. While he is already 64 years old, taking the job with the Astros would represent a return to the ballclub where he began his career as a player back in 1978.

For now, Houston is promoting bench coach Joe Espada to interim manager after the firings of AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow amid the team’s sign-stealing scandal. This is not the first time we have heard that Bochy may be interested in a return to the dugout in 2021, and he would obviously be a big fish for the Astros to reel in.

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