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Tito's Revenge

Terry Francona is pulling a Gene Mauch on the Phillies.

Tito's Revenge

Indians manager Terry Francona raised his record against the Phillies since leaving Philadelphia to 21-8. (Tony Dejak/AP)
Indians manager Terry Francona raised his record against the Phillies since leaving Philadelphia to 21-8. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Thanks to the Phillies' two Mistakes on the Lake this week, Indians manager Terry Francona raised his record against the Phillies since leaving Philadelphia to 21-8. His .724 winning percentage vs. his former team is the best among the 10 Phils managers since 1900 that have managed against them at some point after leaving.

And as impressive as Tito's record vs. Charley's Folleys is, it pales in comparison to Gene Mauch.

In seven seasons with the Expos, Mauch had a .556 winning percentage against Philly and a winning percentage of just .390 (430-672) against everybody else.

Here are former Phils managers since 1900 that managed against them later in their career:

 

   WITH PHILLIES  vs. PHILLIES (After Leaving)
 Manager  Seasons    Record  Pct.  Teams (Seasons)  Record    Pct.
 Terry Francona  

 1997-00

 285-363  

 .440  

 Red Sox (2004-11)
 Indians (2013)
 21-8

 .724  

 Jim Fregosi  1991-96  431-463  .482  Blue Jays (1999-00)    2-4  .333
 Dallas Green  1979-81  169-130  .565  Mets (1993-96)  19-24  .442
 Danny Ozark  1973-79  594-510  .538  Giants (1984)  4-4  .500
 Frank Lucchesi  1970-72  166-233  .416  Cubs (1987)  0-4  .000
 Gene Mauch  1960-68  645-684  .485  Expos (1969-75)  69-55  .556
 Mayo Smith  1955-58  264-281  .484  Reds (1959)  5-5  .500
 Jimmy Wilson  1934-38  280-477  .371  Cubs (1941-44)  38-28  .576
 Burt Shotton  1928-33  370-549  .403  Dodgers (1947-50)  29-37  .439
 Pat Moran  1915-18  323-257  .556  Reds (1919-23)  76-32  .704
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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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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