"Bruce Bochy has reached several milestones with the Padres within the past few years and those reflect as to what type of leader he is," said General Manager Kevin Towers. "I have always felt that Bruce is one of the best baseball minds in the business and we're pleased to have him lead our ballclub through at least 2007."
Bruce Bochy, 50, has led the Padres to a 40-31 record and a 4.5-game lead in the National League West this season. On May 11, Bochy managed the Padres to a 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park for the 800th win of his career, and became the 65th manager in Major League history to accomplish that feat. Additionally, he is one of just 33 managers to reach 800 wins with a single club. That same month, Bochy led the Padres to a 22-6 mark, establishing a new franchise record for wins in any single month. Only three active managers, Atlanta's Bobby Cox (1,583), the New York Yankees' Joe Torre (924) and St. Louis' Tony LaRussa (839) have won more games with their current clubs than Bochy (821).
"Bruce has earned the confidence and respect of his players, coaches, peers and front office, and extending his contract at this time adds to the continuity and stability that are important elements in building a championship organization," said Padres CEO Sandy Alderson. "He has the winning combination of baseball knowledge and people skills that has earned my full confidence in him."
Named the 15th manager in club history on October 21, 1994, Bochy signed a four-year contract extension with a club option on April 4, 2000. In 11 seasons at the helm, Bochy has led the Padres to 821 wins, the highest total of any manager in franchise history, and directed the club to two National League West titles (1996 and 1998), as well as the World Series in 1998. He was named the Baseball Writers' Association of America NL Manager of the Year in 1996 and The Sporting News' NL Manager of the Year in 1996 and 1998. Bochy is also the only Padres manager to have played for the club (1983-87) and is the only current staffer to have been a member of both of San Diego's World Series teams in 1984 and 1998.
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