Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Padres Promote Coach to Manager; Johnson to Remain at Reds' Helm

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Padres Promote Coach to Manager; Johnson to Remain at Reds' Helm

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Hours after Jim Riggleman bolted for the Chicago Cubs on Friday, the San Diego Padres gave third-base coach Bruce Bochy a one-year contract as manager.

Bochy, 39, a former catcher, becomes the youngest manager in the National League. He takes over a team that was 47-70, the worst record in the majors this year.

"To me, the two most important factors were continuity, stability, and with the strength of this organization being pitching, someone who can handle a pitching staff," general manager Randy Smith said. "In my mind he's the best managerial prospect in the game."

Bochy is first former Padres player to manage the club. He was third-base coach the last two seasons, during which time the ownership group stripped away most of the team's high-priced talent.

As a minor-league manager in the Padres' system, Bochy compiled a 248-241 record and won three championships in four seasons.

Bochy spent parts of nine seasons in the big leagues, including five (1983-87) in the Padres' organization.

Reds Rehire Johnson: Davey Johnson, who had Cincinnati in first place when the players' strike stopped the season in August, will return as the Reds' manager next year and move into the front office for 1996, the team said.

Johnson, 51, signed a two-year contract extension that brings him back as manager next year. In 1996, he will be a special assistant to general manager Jim Bowden.

Johnson said going to the front office will allow him to help the Reds in the transition to a new management team on the field. He said he thinks the Reds are leaning toward making coach Ray Knight the manager in 1996.

Knight, a favorite of team owner Marge Schott, was promoted Friday to assistant manager and third-base coach. Also, the Reds hired Hal McRae as their hitting coach. McRae, 49, who played for the Reds, was recently fired as manager of the Kansas City Royals. He replaces Bob Boone, who succeeded McRae as Royals manager.

The Reds also rehired pitching coach Don Gullett, bullpen coach Grant Jackson and first-base coach Joel Youngblood. …

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