Tito joins the 800 club
ATLANTA — Though it was overshadowed on a night Josh Beckett reeled off his latest gem and David Ortiz hit a mammoth home run, Red Sox manager Terry Francona reached a personal milestone, winning his 800th game. This, in Boston’s 4-1 triumph over the Braves.
Francona became the ninth active manager to have that many wins, joining Tony LaRussa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy and Mike Scioscia.
Seven of those nine — including Francona — have won at least won World Series. Baker and Bochy, who have both managed pennant-winners, are the only two on the list not to own a World Series ring as a manager.
Francona is 800-731. With the Red Sox, he is 515-368.
Perhaps most impressive about Francona’s resume is what he has done in October. He has a record of 28-14 in the postseason and is the only manager in Major League history to record wins in his first eight World Series games.
The Red Sox could give Francona a chacne to extend that streak this season, as they have a 45-28 record and lead the Yankees by four games in the American League East.
– Ian Browne