Charlie Manuel knows how to reach a milestone in style.
Last weekend, Manuel became the 65th manager in baseball history to reach 900 wins. And it was quite fitting that No. 900 came on a Jim Thome walk-off home run — what would be his last as a Phillie — since win No. 100 had also. Throw in win No. 500 (Ryan Howard scoring on an error), and three of Manuel’s milestone wins were walk-offs.
Wonder what he has in store for No. 1,000?
Here is a quick look at Manuel’s milestone victories (home teams in CAPS):
April 3, 2000
Indians 4, ORIOLES 1
Kenny Lofton had a solo homer and an RBI single as Manuel won his major league managing debut. Five Cleveland pitchers combined to hold Baltimore to one run on six hits.
April 21, 2001
INDIANS 5, Tigers 4 (11)
Trailing by 4-3 in the bottom of the 11th, Jim Thome belted a two-run walk-off home run. Juan Gonzalez had hit a two-run homer earlier.
May 15, 2002
INDIANS 3, Orioles 1
Russell Branyan hit a sacrifice fly and Jim Thome scored on a wild pitch by Rick Bauer as the Indians plated two in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie. Bartolo Colon allowed one run in eight innings.
Sept. 17, 2005
Phillies 10, MARLINS 2
Jimmy Rollins had two runs, two hits and two RBI, and the Phillies scored all 10 runs in the top of the ninth inning. Vicente Padilla allowed just one unearned run and struck out seven in seven innings of a no-decision.
April 23, 2007
PHILLIES 11, Astros 4
Jimmy Rollins had four hits (including a leadoff homer and a triple), four runs and two RBI. Adam Eaton picked up the win despite allowing four runs in six innings. He struck out seven.
May 4, 2008
PHILLIES 6, Giants 5
Ryan Howard scored on an error by Giants second baseman Eugenio Velez with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. Carlos Ruiz had a homer, and Pat Burrell knocked in a pair of runs. Brad Lidge picked up the win by retiring three batters on five pitches.
May 29, 2009
PHILLIES 5, Nationals 4
Shane Victorino had four hits, and Raul Ibanez knocked in two runs. Four Phillies pitchers combined on 3.2 scoreless innings in relief of J.A. Happ.
June 16, 2010
Phillies 6, YANKEES 3
Shane Victorino delivered with a bases-loaded triple in a four-run second inning, and Ryan Howard and Jayson Werth had solo homers. Jamie Moyer allowed just three hits (two of them solo homers) in eight innings.
June 6, 2011
PHILLIES 3, Dodgers 1
Carlos Ruiz, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard each knocked in runs, and Cliff Lee struck out 10 in seven shutout innings.
June 23, 2012
PHILLIES 7, Rays 6
Jim Thome led off the bottom of the ninth with his record-breaking 13th career walk-off home run. It was the609th homer of his career, to tie for seventh place on the all-time list.