Managerial Milestones

by Bill Chuck on May 2, 2012

Let’s hear it for Buck Showalter whose Orioles topped the Yankees last night giving the manager his 1000th career win.

Showalter record is now 1,000-958 in 14 seasons with the Yankees, Arizona, Texas and Baltimore. As I look at his record I see a future column this season on Showalter’s 1000th defeat.

Buck joins Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy, Davey Johnson, Jim Leyland, Mike Scioscia and Bobby Valentine among active managers in the 1,000-win club.

Showalter’s first win came on April 7, 1992, at the old Yankee Stadium when New York beat Boston (who else?) and Roger Clemens, 4-3.

The record for most managerial wins belong to Connie Mack, the owner of the Philadelphia A’s with 3731. John McGraw is next on the list with 2763 and Tony LaRussa retired with 2728.

Showalter is now 58th on the all-time list with Chuck Dressen at 1008 next on the list.

Showalter’s record:

Rk Year Age Tm Lg G W L W-L% Finish
1 1992 36 New York Yankees AL 162 76 86 .469 4
2 1993 37 New York Yankees AL 162 88 74 .543 2
3 1994 38 New York Yankees AL 113 70 43 .619 1
4 1995 39 New York Yankees AL 145 79 65 .549 2
5 1998 42 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 162 65 97 .401 5
6 1999 43 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 162 100 62 .617 1
7 2000 44 Arizona Diamondbacks NL 162 85 77 .525 3
8 2003 47 Texas Rangers AL 162 71 91 .438 4
9 2004 48 Texas Rangers AL 162 89 73 .549 3
10 2005 49 Texas Rangers AL 162 79 83 .488 3
11 2006 50 Texas Rangers AL 162 80 82 .494 3
12 2010 54 Baltimore Orioles AL 3rd of 3 57 34 23 .596 5
13 2011 55 Baltimore Orioles AL 162 69 93 .426 5
14 2012 56 Baltimore Orioles AL 24 15 9 .625 2
New York Yankees 4 years 582 313 268 .539 2.3
Arizona Diamondbacks 3 years 486 250 236 .514 3.0
Texas Rangers 4 years 648 319 329 .492 3.3
Baltimore Orioles 3 years 243 118 125 .486 4.0
14 years 1959 1000 958 .511 3.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/2/2012.

More managerial milestones:

Another milestone was reached last night as the Tigers topped Kansas City, 9-3 for Jim Leyland‘s 1600th win. Leyland ranks 16th all-time and Fred Clarke, with 1602 wins, is up next.

The Cubs and Cincinnati were rained out last night which prevented Dusty Baker from moving closer to a milestone. Baker is 20th on the all-time list with 1495 wins.

The Red Sox lost to the Oakland A’s last night 5-3 which prevented Bobby Valentine from tying Art Howe for 45th on the all-time win list. Bobby V has 1128 victories. In that same game, A’s manager Bob Melvin earned win number 552 which leaves him just one behind Gene Lamont on the all-time list.

The Phillies topped the Braves last night, 4-2, giving Charlie Manuel his 878th win. He needs one to tie George Stallings for 67th place on the win list.

The Cardinals topped the Pirates last night, 10-7, which prevented Bucs manager Clint Hurdle from tying Tris Speaker on the all-time managerial wins list with 617 wins.

The Mets lost last night to the Astros, 6-3, preventing manager Terry Collins from picking up win number 535 and tying Hugh Duffy.

Mark Kotsay hit a pinch two-run homer with one out in the 8th against Francisco Rodriguez to give the Padres a 2-0 win against the Milwaukee Brewers last night and give manager Buddy Black his 396th win, just one behind Dan Howley for 161st on the all-time list.

Finally, if you are keeping track, the Astros manager Brad Mills holds a narrow one win lead over Arizona’s Kirk Gibson, 142-141. Mills holds a significant lead in losses, 206-128.

Finally, speaking of managers – here’s the famous ” George Steinbrenner Billy Martin Rant” from a closing scene of Seinfeld when Showalter was still managing the Yankees -

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