Sunday, February 14, 2016

Four Digits For Charlie

Charlie Manuel reaches 1,000 career victories.

Four Digits For Charlie

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. (Alex Brandon/AP)
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. (Alex Brandon/AP)

Monday night, Charlie Manuel became the 59th manager in major league history to record 1,000 career victories.

He is the eighth active manager to reach four figures:

 Team W-L
 Jim Leyland  Tigers  Pirates, Marlins, Rockies  1745-1707       676-  576   
 Dusty Baker  Reds  Giants, Cubs  1647-1484    485-  443
 Bruce Bochy  Giants  Padres  1506-1509    555-  534
 Davey Johnson  Nationals     Mets, Reds, O's, Dodgers  1343-1055    195-  167
 Mike Scioscia  Angels  —  1208-1015  1208-1015
 Buck Showalter  Orioles  Yankees, D'backs, Rangers     1143-1071    261-  238
 Terry Francona  Indians  Phillies, Red Sox  1092-  971      63-    56
 Charlie Manuel     Phillies  Indians  1000-  824    780-  634
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