Camp opens today for pitchers and catchers! I picked up an interesting tidbit from the story--this is Bruce Bochy's 20th season as a major-league manager. He'll turn 59 in April. His career record is exactly .500 (1530-1530). Ol' Boch will pass Dick Williams (1571) this year and claim the 20th spot on the all-time win list for managers. The next spot (1599) is held by Tommy Lasorda. Assuming good health, our man could become one of the few with 2000 career victories. He needs 470, and that's six seasons of .500-or-so ball. Then he could collect his Social Security while waiting for his HOF selection! I've come to appreciate our relaxed, no-nonsense skipper. He seems to get the best out of his people, run a tight but happy ship, and not ever really screw up badly. I believe a manager's most important job is the last one--don't blow it. Boch is always on top of the game, and even when I disagree with a move, it's always defensible. Running herd over large groups of egos is hard work (I know, I'm a schoolteacher), and takes a firm but gentle hand. It also requires you to grow and learn and adapt to changes. I think Bruce Bochy has all that in spades, and I'm happy he's our guy.