WASHINGTON -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy credited his Washington counterpart, Davey Johnson, with a significant assist in furthering his Major League career.
Following three seasons with the Houston Astros (1978-80) in which he hit .239, Bochy migrated to the New York Mets system, where he spent 1981 and most of 1982 at Triple-A. Johnson, then a roving Minor League instructor with the Mets, advised Bochy to abandon the opposite-field hitting approach that the Astros emphasized and try to pull the ball instead.
"It got me back to the Major Leagues, made me a threat and gave me more power," said Bochy, a former catcher. In fact, he hit four homers in 305 at-bats with the Astros and 22 homers in 497 at-bats through the rest of his career.
Johnson feels no need to adjust Bochy's managerial style.
"He handles a pitching staff really well, and I think that's always the toughest job for a manager," Johnson said. "He's also a good judge of talent and a good people person. He knows how to use his whole bench."