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Tigers manager Jim Leyland one win from 1,500 for his career

Apr 15, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers manager Leyland argues with home plate umpire Cooper during their MLB American League game against the New York Yankee in New York

Jim Leyland will be going for the 1,500th win of his managerial career tonight when his Tigers take on the A’s in Oakland.

He’ll be the 19th manager in MLB history to reach 1,500 victories, joining Tony La Russa of the Cardinals as the only active managers in the club.

Leyland has 851 wins with the Pirates, 430 with the Tigers, 146 with the Marlins, and 72 with the Rockies.

His overall record is 1,499-1525, which works out to a .496 winning percentage that would make him just the fourth manager with 1,500 wins and a losing record alongside Connie Mack, Bucky Harris, and Gene Mauch.

Of course, the Tigers are good enough to bring his career mark above .500 by the end of the season. And if they do get a victory in Oakland tonight I hope someone buys him a whole carton of smokes to celebrate.

  1. sabosgoggles - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Either my math is bad, or I’m being a pedant: do you really think the Tigers are going to win 95+ this year?

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