Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Charlie's Angles

As Charlie Manuel reaches a milestone, a look at each MLB team's leader in games managed.

Charlie's Angles

Even though we're not really sure at what angle Charlie Manuel is watching any particular baseball game, there are at least 1,332 reasons he can be considered among the best the Phillies have ever had.

He managed his 1,332nd game in Phillies pinstriples Thursday night, passing Gene Mauch for the most games in club history.

Here are the all-time leaders (since 1900) for each of the major's 30 franchises (without looking, can you name the manager who is on this list twice?):


 NL  Manager  *Games     Seasons
 Arizona  Bob Melvin     677  2005-09
 Atlanta  Bobby Cox  3,860  1978-81, '90-10
 Chicago  Charlie Grimm  1,737  1932-38, '44-49, '60
 Cincinnati  Sparky Anderson  1,450  1970-78
 Colorado  Clint Hurdle  1,159  2002-09
 Los Angeles  Walter Alston  3,658  1954-76
 Miami  Fredi Gonzalez     555  2007-10
 Milwaukee  Phil Garner  1,180  1992-99
 New York  Davey Johnson  1,012  1984-90
 Phillies  Charlie Manuel  1,332  2005-13
 Pittsburgh  Fred Clarke  2,427  1900-15
 San Diego  Bruce Bochy  1,926  1995-06
 San Francisco     John McGraw  4,424  1902-32
 St. Louis  Tony LaRussa  2,591  1996-11
 Washington  Joe Maddon  1,168  2006-13
 Baltimore  Earl Weaver  2,541  1968-82, '85-86
 Boston  Joe Cronin  2,007  1935-47
 Chicago  Jimmy Dykes  1,850  1934-46
 Cleveland  Lou Boudreau  1,389  1942-50
 Detroit  Sparky Anderson     2,580  1979-95
 Houston  Bill Virdon  1,067  1975-82
 Kansas City  Dick Howser     770  1981-86
 Los Angeles  Mike Scioscia  2,140  2000-13
 Minnesota  Bucky Harris  2,776  1924-28, '35-42, '50-54   
 New York  Joe McCarthy  2,348  1931-46
 Oakland  Connie Mack  7,466  1901-50
 Seattle  Lou Piniella  1,551  1993-02
 Tampa Bay  Joe Maddon  1,168  2006-13
 Texas  Bobby Valentine  1,186  1985-92
 Toronto  City Gaston  1,731  1989-97, '08-10


*Games managed numbers are from; some media guides have different totals for their managers.

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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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