The mastery of Bruce Bochy

Updated: October 24, 2010, 1:18 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Rarely do you see managers throw a perfect game, but the Giants' Bruce Bochy did so in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night. He recognized and reacted when he saw that Jonathan Sanchez had lost the strike zone and composure, then pounded the Phillies' lineup with left-handed pitching. He made a star out of Javier Lopez in this series, in the way he employed him against Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, and, in a big spot, turned to lefty Jeremy Affeldt.

Bochy was the third-base coach for the San Diego Padres in 1993 and 1994, when the Chicago Cubs asked for permission to interview Jim Riggleman for their managerial job. I was covering the Padres at the time and asked Randy Smith -- then the general manager -- whom he might look at if Riggleman left. He needed about 0.1 seconds to answer. "I already know who I want," Smith said. "Boch. He's going to be a great manager."