Bruce Bochy baseball's best manager according to survey, Terry Francona third

July 14, 2015 - 7:19 am

[caption id="attachment_35747" align="alignright" width="150"] Bruce Bochy[/caption] According to a recent survey done by ESPN.com, Bruce Bochy is the best manager in the MLB. The survey consisted of 50 scouts, front-office executives, big-league coaches and media analysts. Respondents rated each manager on a series of categories, with longevity, championships and leadership cited as the most important qualities. Bochy emerged victorious, earning 24.2 percent of the vote. Behind him were Buck Showalter (21.5 percent), former Red Sox manager Terry Francona (12.8 percent) and Joe Maddon (12.5 percent). No other managers earned a double-digit percentage, but some other highlights included Joe Girardi, who finished eighth with 3.5 percent, and current Red Sox manager John Farrell, who rounded out the top third with 2.2 percent. According to one National League executive, Bochy instills confidence in his players and gives them the tools to succeed. "His players play hard and buy into what's best for the team," the executive said. "He's a great strategist, and he's able to use young players and castoffs with confidence. He has a calm demeanor, but he knows when to create urgency and play the hot hand." As the Giants manager, Bochy owns a 713-672 record over nine years. His playoff record is stellar at 34-14 and he has led the team to three titles in the last five years. Aside from best overall manager, survey respondents weighed in on a variety of other classifications. Bochy was also voted "Best at Handling a Pitching Staff," meanwhile Showalter was regarded as the "Best Tactician." Otherwise, the "Best at Relating to Players" was Francona and the "Best at Using the Entire 25-man Roster" was a tie between Showalter and Bochy. Maddon earned the title of "Most Creative Manager" in a landslide and Clint Hurdle was voted "Best at Developing Young Players."