Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to retire after 2019 season
Bruce Bochy announced this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th in all as a big league manager. ‘‘In my mind it’s time,” he said. Bochy, who turns 64 on April 16, had offseason hip replacement surgery that has him moving more swiftly and he insists ‘‘the health’s great’’ and didn’t factor into the choice. This is his 13th season with the Giants, with whom he won World Series championships in 2010, ’12 and ’14. He spent his first 12 seasons as a manager with the Padres from 1995-2006, guiding San Diego to the NL pennant in 1998. “I've managed with my gut. I came up here in 2007 on my gut. So it’s a gut feeling it’s time,’’ Bochy said. ‘‘It’s been an unbelievable ride . . . I’m not going too far, trust me. I love this game.’’
Clark cracks back at MLB
Players’ union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to commissioner Rob Manfred’s assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics. “Players’ eyes don’t deceive them, nor do fans,’ ’’ Clark said in a statement. Average attendance last year dropped below 30,000 per game for the first time since 2003 . . . Defense-first shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and the New York Mets agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training . . . Colorado is moving four-time All-Star Charlie Blackmon from center field to right this season, with Ian Desmond taking his former position . . . Angels owner Arte Moreno said the team has had internal discussions regarding a new contract for outfielder Mike Trout. The 27-year-old two-time AL MVP is owed $33.25 million in each of the next two seasons, completing a $144.5 million, six-year deal.
Duke reclaims No. 1 ranking
Duke reclaimed the top spot in the AP Top 25, earning 58 of 64 first-place votes to replace Tennessee, which spent four weeks at No. 1 and fell to fifth after Saturday’s loss at Kentucky. The Blue Devils (23-2) have now spent nearly half of the season’s polls (seven of 16) at No. 1. Gonzaga earned the remaining six first-place votes and moved up a spot to No. 2, followed by Virginia and John Calipari’s Wildcats . . . Jonas Harper had a season-high 22 points, including six of BU’s 14 3-pointers, as the Terriers (12-16, 5-10 Patriot) beat Holy Cross, 70-60, in Worcester to snap a four-game losing streak. Jehyve Floyd had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks for the Crusaders (14-14, 5-10) . . . Nick Ward is expected to be lost to No. 10 Michigan State for at least a few weeks after surgery on his broken left hand, which he injured when he made contact with an opponent’s elbow on Sunday . . . Baylor remained tops in the women’s basketball poll, garnering 26 of 28 first-place votes. Oregon is No. 2, getting the other two No. 1 ballots, with UConn third.
Jillian Dempsey became the all-time leading scorer in National Women’s Hockey League history, with her 29th career goal capping a 8-1 Boston Pride rout of the Metropolitan Riveters in Newark. The Harvard product is in her fourth season with the first-place Pride and is second in the NWHL this season with 10 goals in 14 games . . . Serena Williams is back in the top 10 of the women’s tennis rankings for the first time since taking a break to have her first child. Williams dropped as low as 491st, but has reached two Grand Slam finals since returning in March. US and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka remained No. 1 ahead of Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens, and Petra Kvitova . . . Jacksonville exercised a $12 million option on Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell . . . Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba each scored first-half goals as Manchester United defeated host and defending champion Chelsea, 2-0, to advance to the quarterfinals of the FA Cup . . . Portuguese national Nani, 32, agreed to a three-year contract with Orlando City of MLS . . . Novak Djokovic and Simone Biles won World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at the annual Laureus World Sports Awards for 2018.