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1987 Topps #428 Bruce Bochy

Bruce Douglas Bochy

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Never a regular in the majors, catcher Bruce Bochy played for three teams over parts of nine seasons in the big leagues. After concluding his major league career, he was a player/coach for the Las Vegas Stars in 1988 before beginning his managing career the following season. In 1989, he played for the Orlando Juice of the Senior Professional Baseball Association and hit .216 in 31 games with the team.

Bochy was a San Diego Padres coach in 1993 and 1994 and was the club's manager for a dozen years, starting in 1995. As Padres manager, he won more than twice as many games as any other manager in team history and led the team to the World Series in 1998, where they were swept by the New York Yankees. He was part of a controversy in 1998 when he had Manny Aybar remove a cap with the numbers "123" inscribed in memory of Jose Oliva; Aybar's manager Tony LaRussa got back by citing a little-enforced rule when Bochy's 3B coach Tim Flannery was outside the coach's box. After the 2006 season, he became skipper of the San Francisco Giants.

When Bochy had his 1,035th win as a manager, he passed Felipe Alou for most wins by a manager born outside of the United States; Bochy had previously replaced Alou as manager of the Giants. In 2010, he led the Giants to their first World Series title in San Francisco, defeating the Texas Rangers 4 games to 1 in the World Series. The Giants got hot late in the season after trailing San Diego for most of the year in the NL West; they caught and passed them in September, then defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS and the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS. The Giants were again World Series champions in 2012, when they swept the Detroit Tigers in the Fall Classic. Their hard slogging was in the two earlier rounds of the postseason, however: in the NLDS, they lost the first two games at home to the Cincinnati Reds before mounting a remarkable comeback, then they trailed 3 games to 1 in the NLCS before coming back to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals.

After Bochy's star catcher Buster Posey suffered a serious imnjury after a collision at home plate in 2011, Bochy became a strong proponent in a campaign to ban such collisions. The campaign succeeded when owners approved the principle of a rule at the 2013 Winter Meetings.

Bochy meets with Willie Mays and Pres. Obama at the White House, July 2011

Bruce's brother, catcher Joe Bochy, played several seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization, and his son, Greg Bochy, played three years in the Padres farm system. Another son, Brett Bochy, currently plays in the Giants chain.

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Preceded by
Jim Riggleman
San Diego Padres Manager
1995-2006
Succeeded by
Bud Black
Preceded by
Felipe Alou
San Francisco Giants Manager
2007-
Succeeded by
Current

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1989 Spokane Indians Northwest League 41-34 1st San Diego Padres League Champs
1990 Riverside Red Wave California League 64-78 7th San Diego Padres
1991 High Desert Mavericks California League 73-63 3rd San Diego Padres League Champs
1992 Wichita Wranglers Texas League 70-66 4th San Diego Padres League Champs
1995 San Diego Padres National League 70-74 3rd San Diego Padres
1996 San Diego Padres National League 91-71 1st San Diego Padres Lost NLDS
1997 San Diego Padres National League 76-86 4th San Diego Padres
1998 San Diego Padres National League 98-64 1st San Diego Padres Lost World Series
1999 San Diego Padres National League 74-88 4th San Diego Padres
2000 San Diego Padres National League 76-86 5th San Diego Padres
2001 San Diego Padres National League 79-83 4th San Diego Padres
2002 San Diego Padres National League 66-96 5th San Diego Padres
2003 San Diego Padres National League 64-98 5th San Diego Padres
2004 San Diego Padres National League 87-75 3rd San Diego Padres
2005 San Diego Padres National League 82-80 1st San Diego Padres Lost NLDS
2006 San Diego Padres National League 88-74 1st San Diego Padres Lost NLDS
2007 San Francisco Giants National League 71-91 5th San Francisco Giants
2008 San Francisco Giants National League 72-90 4th San Francisco Giants
2009 San Francisco Giants National League 88-74 3rd San Francisco Giants
2010 San Francisco Giants National League 92-70 1st San Francisco Giants World Series Champs
2011 San Francisco Giants National League 86-76 2nd San Francisco Giants
2012 San Francisco Giants National League 94-68 1st San Francisco Giants World Series Champs
2013 San Francisco Giants National League 76-86 3rd (t) San Francisco Giants
2014 San Francisco Giants National League San Francisco Giants

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