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

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Congrats Tito! We could not have a better manager here in Boston! Let’s make it 801 tonight!

Congrats to Francona! We are very lucky to have him as the manager of the Red Sox. We never here any players complaining and moaning with the Red Sox anymore, props to Francona. Not easy dealing with those ego’s in that clubhouse. So many things go on, some things we here about and other stuff we will never here about. Something tells me Francona is enjoying this season way more than last season. Last season was a very trying season for Francona. It took a toll on him. 8-0 in the World Series, that is very impressive!

Good for Tito. He has done better than could be imagined here in Boston. His strength is obviously with the personel, both in the clubhouse and with playing decisions. Almost every time I second guess him about playing someone, he is right in the end (Ortiz, Green), and he does it all with class.

Let’s hope he can keep it going into October!

Congrats to you Tito!!!! We are very fortunate to have you!!!!
Morning everyone!!!

Yea, with on more WS title this year, the SOX can claim the undisputed rights to the dominant team this decade without debate. No other team has two titles, and of course, only the other title winners this decade can match us at this point (which we know does not include the Yankees). If Tito sweeps another WS series, to go to 12-0, that would be record inconceivably difficult record to meet or break, let alone 8-0. How is that for looking ahead?

Atlanta’s pitcher tonight is good; write up has him giving up 2 runs per game outing (usually deep), no more than 3 in his match ups against the SOX. Wake needs to be on tonight — probably not going to be a slug-fest (for us anyway).

I guess I was wrong — I just looked up the 2000 WS, unfortunately it was our friends the Yankees over the Mets, so I guess the Yanks are still in contention for 2 titles this decade as well.. like that matters at all :)

So for my silly bragging rights thing for the first decade of the new millennium … the SOX really do need to at least make it to the WS this year to claim it. If the Yanks make it, they would and win or lose, they would be 2-4 and 1-4 in WS titles this decade. If they don’t make it, they are stuck at 1-3. If the Sox make it, they would be 2-3 or 3-3, either of which bests a 1-3 Yankee showing. I do have better things to do with my Saturdays! :)

So for my silly bragging rights thing for the first decade of the new millennium … the SOX really do need to at least make it to the WS this year to claim it. If the Yanks make it, win or lose, they would be 2-4 and 1-4 in WS titles this decade and could still claim the honors. If they don’t make it, they are stuck at 1-3. If the Sox make it, they would be 2-3 or 3-3, either of which bests a 1-3 Yankee showing. I do have better things to do with my Saturdays! :)

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Anyone else besides me NOT like the lineup for today?

1. Dustin Pedroia, 2B
2. J.D. Drew, RF
3. Kevin Youkilis, 3B
4. David Ortiz, 1B
5. Mark Kotsay, LF
6. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
7. Julio Lugo, SS
8. George Kottaras, C
9. Tim Wakefield, RHP

Conservative – I give Lugo 2 errors today. WHY IS HE PLAYING?????

I like this line-up, just as long Varitek is not hitting, we have a chance. They should play Kotteras, a hell of lot more.
Lets go Wake- rock in this game please, like to see him in All-Star game.

I like this line-up, just as long Varitek is not hitting, we have a chance. They should play Kotteras, a hell of lot more.
Lets go Wake- rock in this game please, like to see him in All-Star game.

Why do the Red Sox sign shortstops like Julio Lugo and Edgar Renteria, when they have reliable fielders like Alex Gonzalez, Cabrera, and Jed Lowrie under contract? They seem to be suckers for the the offensive shortstop, a la Nomar Garciaparra, and it never works for them.
The shortstop has to be a consistent fielder, someone to anchor the infield. If he hits, that’s nice, but the fielding makes all the difference. The years that Alex Gonzalez played that role were a breath of fresh air, because he never muffed a ball he should have had. You didn’t hold your breath on grounders to the left side.
I felt the same about Cabrera (and I wish I could remember his first name), and Lowrie looks like another consistent fielder.
Julio Lugo seems to be thinking about something else out there. He has range and can make plays from deep short, but he doesn’t make the plays he’s supposed to make. I don’t know if you can coach this or hook him up to electrodes, but I think he’s a liability. I wish there was another team that had the same weakness for the “offensive shortstop,” because I’d make the deal today.

Julia — yea, sitting Bay and Green, the same day you have Wakefield pitching in an NL park — is certainly tempting the baseball gods.

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