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Bruce Bochy: On a scale from Zero to Tony Gwynn

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The Zero to Tony Gwynn scale is a rating of a Padres' importance to the San Diego Padres and their fans. The scale works to determine the relative importance of a particular Padre based on the assumption that Tony Gwynn is the perfect representation of the San Diego Padres.

The yoots on the site recognize Bruce Bochy as the Giants manager, but what they don't realize is that Bruce Bochy was also a light hitting backup catcher for the Padres for six years, including the Padres World Series run in 1984. After that, he actually managed the Padres for twelve years. As a manager, he led the team to four NL West titles and one run to the World Series.

Impressive?

At one point, he made a convincing bid for Mayor of San Diego. At various points in his career his mysterious white eyelashes were pondered and considered holy among Church of Baseball zealots. Throughout his career, the size of his head attracted visitors and commentary.

I think your vote will be very dependent on how much credit you give to a manager and how important Bochy was those years that he was managing. Bruce Bochy has been described as the Greatest Manager in History with a Losing Record. Do you give him credit for the division titles and World Series appearance or do you point out his losing record just about every other year he was associated with the team?

People love him because he's like a bear. People fear him because he's like a bear. People get bored with him because he's not actually a bear. But we're not voting for Bear on a scale from Zero to Tony Gwynn. We're voting on Bruce Bochy.

SOOOOOO.... Have at it.