Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Notes: Matheny Shows Respect for Bochy

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Notes: Matheny Shows Respect for Bochy

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that one of the managers he had drawn a lot from after taking over the job was San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who is town this weekend.

After all, Bochy's teams have won two of the last four World Series and have the majors' best record this season. "It's something worth watching," said Matheny. "I know I do.

"I have a lot of respect for Bruce. I've always appreciated how he goes about his business."

But Bochy wondered Thursday night how much assistance he actually had provided.

"I'll tell you. I don't think he needs any help when you look at what he's done in the short time he's been managing," Bochy said. "It's pretty amazing, really.

"The Cardinals didn't miss a beat there (after Tony La Russa retired) and it's a credit to him and the job he's done. In 2012, they just missed going to the World Series thank goodness (the Giants won). And, of course, last year (the Cardinals went to the World Series).

"He's going to have a tremendous career," Bochy said.

But he offered one bit of warning for Matheny's assignment this summer.

"He's got his work cut out on this All-Star Game," said Bochy, smiling. "He'll see there's a couple of headaches that go with the privilege and honor of managing the game."

CATCHER/MANAGERS

Matheny is in the midst of a catcher/managerial hat trick on this home stand against the Yankees, Giants and Royals. All three teams are managed by fellow former catchers in Joe Giardi, Bochy and Ned Yost.

Both Matheny and Bochy said it made sense that catchers could be successful as managers.

"It's the conscientiousness you have to have as a catcher," Matheny said. "That idea of being in every pitch and having your mind thinking about multiple things at once is kind of a prerequisite for the catching position, which lends itself to the acknowledgement of leadership

"Leadership is really what defines this position (as manager). …

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