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Bruce Bochy On Resilience Through Positivity And Perspective

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Former San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, a PCA National Advisory Board Member, began his managing career in 1995 with the San Diego Padres, becoming the only former player to serve as the team’s manager. A two-time National League Manager of the Year, he led the Giants to their World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Bochy spent nine seasons as a catcher for the Houston Astros, New York Mets, and the Padres. Bruce is currently managing the Texas Rangers, headed to the World Series in 2023.

This video is a clip from Bochy’s acceptance of PCA’s Ronald L. Jensen Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2011. He talks about his views on resiliency as a key to the Giants clinching the 2010 World Series, and how that character trait always gives his players a chance to succeed. He fosters a team culture that values players persevering, never giving up even while keeping the game and its results in proper perspective through the ups and downs of a long baseball season.

He wants his players to learn from their mistakes, but also to move on and focus forward. The teams that are in the games at the end of the season are the ones who have remained most positive, because positivity expands their capacity for bouncing back.