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

Position # Positional Leader Record Years
Catchers 17 Joe Torre 2326-1997 29
1st Basemen 15 Walt Alston 2040-1613 23
2nd Basemen 13 Sparky Anderson 1970-1995 26
Outfielders 12 Casey Stengel 1905-1842 25
Shortstop 8 Tony LaRussa 2728-2365 33
3rd Basemen 6 John McGraw 2763-1948 33
Utility 4 Connie Mack 3731-3948 53
Pitchers 4 Tommy Lasorda 1599-1439 21
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

Year W L W-L% RS RA Rdiff Twl Rank Postseason
2017 67 53 0.558 629 570 59 87-75 3 Wildcard
2009 67 53 0.558 607 529 78 92-70 2 Wildcard
2018 64 56 0.533 557 581 -24 TBD TBD TBD
1995 62 58 0.517 641 651 -10 77-67 2 Wildcard
2010 62 58 0.517 561 527 34 83-79 3
2007 62 58 0.517 613 574 39 90-73 2 NL Pennant
1996 61 59 0.508 715 720 -5 83-79 3
2000 60 60 0.5 725 666 59 82-80 4
2003 60 60 0.5 655 636 19 74-88 4
2006 58 62 0.483 549 529 20 76-86 4
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