Thursday by Comparison: 800 Wins? Black Wants a Ring
There is no downplaying the fact that Rockies manager Bud Black is only the 80th manager in the history of Major League Baseball to fill out a lineup card for 800 wins, a milestone he reached on Tuesday night in Houston.
But Black knows there is a bigger priority than climbing the all-time managerial wins list.
"It's a round number, right?" Black said in the aftermath of the victory, "Those of us who put on a uniform know the biggest games are those games later in the year, into October."
Get the message? Black has a World Series ring as a member of the 1985 Kansas City Royals. His goal is to earn another one, as the manager of the Rockies.
For the moment, though, consider that he is one of only four former pitchers in that group of managers to oversee 800 or more wins, joining Tommy Lasorda (1,599 wins, 21st), Clark Griffith (1,491, 25th), Fred Hutchinson (830, 78th) and Black (800, 80th).
And Black is in his 11th year. Of the 79 managers above him, only four others managed 11 or fewer seasons: Joe Girardi (988 wins, 11 years), Frank Chance (946 wins, 11 years), Jim Tracy (856 wins,11 years) and Bill Terry (823 wins, 10 years).
Frank Selee is the only one of the 80 managers with 800 or more wins who did not play at the professional level.
The Managerial 800-Win Club
|1st Basemen||15||Walt Alston||2040-1613||23|
|2nd Basemen||13||Sparky Anderson||1970-1995||26|
|3rd Basemen||6||John McGraw||2763-1948||33|
|Did Not Play||1||Frank Selee||1284-862||16|
The Rockies are 65-56, the third best-record in franchise history at the 120-game mark. They are three wins behind 2009 and 2017. The Rockies were 67-53 in both years. This is only the seventh time in the Rockies 26 seasons they have had a winning record after 120 games.
2018 Team is No. 3 at 120