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Top 30 Las Vegas 51s Players:

19. Bruce Bochy (1983-84, ‘88)

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Before he managed the San Francisco Giants to a World Series title in 2010, before he led the San Diego Padres to the National League pennant in 1998, Bruce Bochy did something memorable in Las Vegas.

He hit the first home run at Cashman Field.

OK, it’s not quite on the same level of memorable as winning the World Series, but look it up: Bochy grabbed a footnote in Cashman history when he went long at Cashman on April 10, 1983, as a member of the Stars.

Bochy went on to play nine seasons in the majors, mostly in a backup role. Arguably, the closest he got to glory came when he was behind the plate for the San Diego Padres on Sept. 11, 1985, at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium — the night Pete Rose broke the career hit record.

His managerial career has been a different story, though.

He’s made five playoff appearances and won two pennants and a World Series in 17 years as a manager with the Padres and Giants. He was named National League Manager of the Year in 1996.

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