Padres lockup Bochy through '05

The San Diego Padres exercised the 2005 option in Manager Bruce Bochy's contract on Tuesday. 2004 marks the tenth season Bochy will serve as Manager of the Friars. Bochy has not had a winning season since 1998.

"Exercising the option in Bruce's contract ensures that one of the top managers in baseball and a tremendous baseball mind will remain in a Padres uniform through the 2005 season," said General Manager Kevin Towers. "Not only does this move extend the continuity that we have experienced with our management team, but allows someone who has proven that he has the talent, experience and enthusiasm to continue in this role and have a positive impact on this organization, both on and off the field."

Bruce Bochy, 48, enters his 22nd consecutive season in the Padres organization, and has the most wins of any manager in franchise history. With a career record of 694-746 (.482), he is six wins shy of becoming the 75th Major League manager to reach 700 career victories. Only two active managers, Atlanta's Bobby Cox and New York's Joe Torre, have won more games with their current clubs.

Named the 15th manager in club history on October 21, 1994, Bochy signed a four-year contract extension with a club option on April 4, 2000. In nine seasons with San Diego, Bochy has directed the club to two National League West titles (1996 and 1998), as well as the NL pennant in 1998. He was named the Baseball Writers' Association of America NL Manager of the Year in 1996 and The Sporting News' NL Manager of the Year in 1996 and 1998.

Bochy is also the only Padres manager to have played for the club (1983-87) and is the only current staffer to have been a member of both of San Diego's World Series clubs in 1984 and 1998.

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