Through-the-mail autograph: Bruce Bochy
After his playing days ended, Bochy moved through the ranks as a minor league manager and big league coach. In 1995, he took over as manager of the San Diego Padres. The next year, he won the National League Manager of the Year trophy. Two years later, the Padres set a team record by winning 98 games en route to the National League pennant.
In 2007, Bochy moved on to manage the San Francisco Giants – a position he still holds.
I sent the 1986 Donruss card shown on the right to Bochy just after Opening Day this year. He must be catching up on fan mail now that the season is over, because I got it back today.