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Bruce Bochy

Bruce Bochy

Position(s):
C, 1B
Born:
April 16, 1955
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
205 lbs
Major League Debut:
7-19-1978 with HOU
Allstar Selections:
1996 Mgr

Prior to joining the Giants, Bochy had been the manager of the San Diego Padres for twelve seasons. Bochy is the only former Padres player to serve as the team's manager. He has participated in all five postseason appearances in Padres history, as a backup catcher in 1984 and as their manager in 1996, 1998, 2005, and 2006. In 1998, he led the Padres to their first National League pennant in 14 years, where they lost to the New York Yankees in the World Series. He reached the World Series for a second time in 2010, this time in a winning effort, and brought the first ever World Series Championship home to the city of San Francisco and the first for the Giants since 1954. He is both the first foreign-born manager to reach the World Series (1998) and the first European-born manager to win the World Series (2010).

Early life
Bochy is one of just eight Major Leaguers to be born in France, where his father was stationed as a U.S. Army officer at the time. However, Bochy grew up in Virginia and in Melbourne, Florida. He graduated from Melbourne High School in 1973 where he was baseball teammates with Darrell Hammond of Saturday Night Live fame. He attended Florida State University, and Brevard Community College. Bochy was then drafted in the first round (24th overall) by the Houston Astros in the 1975 Supplemental Draft.

Playing career
As a catcher, Bochy played with the Houston Astros (1978–80), New York Mets (1982) and San Diego Padres (1983–87). In 802 career at-bats, he hit .239 with 26 home runs. He was the backup to Terry Kennedy when the Padres won their first NL pennant in 1984, and played in one game in the 1984 World Series, which the Padres lost in five games to the Detroit Tigers. Bochy was behind the plate on September 11, 1985, when Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds collected his record-breaking 4,192nd major league hit off Padres pitcher Eric Show.

In 1996, Bochy was named the NL Manager of the Year. He won over 900 games as manager of the Padres - the most in team history - despite often being saddled with low-budget squads. Bochy led the 1998 Padres to the World Series where they were swept in 4 games by the New York Yankees.

In 2006, new Padres CEO Sandy Alderson preferred to have a younger manager, so he allowed Giants General Manager Brian Sabean to interview Bochy for his job opening. Bochy agreed to a four-year contract to replace Felipe Alou and become the Giants' new skipper on October 27, 2006.

Bochy also managed the 2004 and 2006 MLB All-Stars in the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series.

Personal
Bochy is known for having one of the largest cap sizes in Major League Baseball at over size 8. When he joined the Mets in 1982, they did not have a batting helmet that would fit him, and they had to send the ones he was using in the minors.

Bochy is not publicly known for an out-going, humorous presence. However the opposite is true. "Fans rarely see it because he becomes a two-by-four when the TV cameras click on."

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